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Police: Watch for fake $5 bills circulating in Bloomington

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Bloomington police say fake $5 bills are making their way around the city.

The Bloomington Police Department said there were three incidents Sunday in which people used counterfeit $5 bills:

  • A customer at the CVS on South Walnut Street was surprised when a clerk refused to accept his money. Police said store employees found several other fake bills when he asked them to look at his cash.
  • Around 6:30 p.m., a customer ordered at Five Guys on College Mall Road and returned with a counterfeit $5 he’d received as change.
  • Workers at the Seminary Square Wendy’s reported that someone used two fake $5 bills to buy food at the drive-thru.

Bloomington police said the bills had the same serial number and printing indicating that they weren’t legal currency. The investigation is ongoing.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury offered the following tips when dealing with counterfeit currency:

  • Do not put yourself in danger.
  • Do not return the bill to the passer.
  • Delay the passer with some excuse, if possible.
  • Observe the passer’s description – and their companions’ descriptions – and write down their vehicle license plate numbers if you can.
  • Contact your local police department OR call your local U.S. Secret Service Office.
  • Write your initials and date in the white border area of the suspected counterfeit note.
  • DO NOT handle the counterfeit note. Place it inside a protective cover, a plastic bag, or envelope to protect it until you place it in the hands of an IDENTIFIED Secret Service Agent.
  • Surrender the note or coin ONLY to a properly identified police officer or a Secret Service Special Agent, or mail it to your nearest U.S. Secret Service field office.
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