KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Kalamazoo County Treasurer's office is warning residents of fraudulent currency that is circulating in the community.

Treasurer Mary Balkema reports that even the county has been on the receiving end of this fraudulent currency. The Treasurer's office detected a $20 counterfeit that had been presented for payment at the court on July 10, and on Tuesday, they were given a counterfeit bill again.

Balkema said the bill appeared almost identical to an authentic bill, but the texture of the paper and the size were immediate indicators of a fake note.

“If you or your employees handle cash, it’s important to be aware this is happening in the community, and to check bills you handle over $10," Balkema said.

The Kalamazoo County Treasurer's office says you can detect a counterfeit bill using these steps:

  • Feel of the paper—should feel almost cloth-like
  • Raised printing—all authentic currency has raised printing
  • Blurry borders, printing, or text are a sign of fraud
  • Look for security features (security threads, watermarks)

If you believe you have received a counterfeit bill, retain the bill in question and contact your local police department.

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