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Celina Police Department warning people about counterfeit currency

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CELINA, Ohio (WPTA21) -

Police in Ohio are telling merchants and consumers to take an extra look at the cash they get.

The Celina Police Department said it has received reports of counterfeit money circulating in the area over the past couple of weeks. The money ranged from $5 to $100. While some of the money looks passable, it feels like copier paper and the security features are not present.

Some of the money has Asian lettering and others even have wording saying it is movie prop money. So far, no arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing as of the time of this report.

The Federal Reserve said the best way to tell if a note is genuine is to rely on the security features, such as the watermark and security thread. This is because counterfeit detection pens are not always accurate and may give people false results.

The Federal Reserve said it is important to know what the security features are in genuine currency because if you end up with a counterfeit note, you will lose that money. A counterfeit note cannot be exchanged for a genuine one, and it is illegal to knowingly pass counterfeit currency.

If you think you received a counterfeit note, call the police and provide them a description of the person who gave it to you. If possible, write down the person's license plate number and vehicle description. The counterfeit note should be secured apart from genuine currency and given to law enforcement authorities. 

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