Bedford Co. Sheriff's Office looking for person using fake money, offers tip on fake bills.

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BEDFORD CO., Va — Funny money is circulating in Bedford County.

The Bedford County Sheriff's Office wants to find the person passing the fake cash.

The office said the counterfeit money was used at a store in the Huddleston area.

Major Jon Wilks said it happened near Smith Mountain Lake.

Wilks said the person is getting around in a yellow H3 Hummer.

He said sometimes this can happen as more folks are vacationing in the area, especially during the summertime.

Right now, it's a not a huge problem, but he said once they have one report of it, it could lead to a bigger issue.

The biggest piece of advice he has is to keep your eyes open.

"If you see anything that doesn't look right, don't accept it," Major Wilks said.

For business owners, he said it's important to use a marker specifically made for money for larger bills.

It's easy to accept money quickly if you're working in a fast-paced environment.

Here's how to know if the bill is fake:

  • The paper will not feel like regular money
  • The ink will run
  • The bill won't be as crisp and fine
  • The bill may have writing on the bottom indicating it's specifically made for movies

Major Wilks also said to hold up that bill to the light. You'll see a watermark which is a face on the right side of it and that's how you'll know if it's real.

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