At John's Pauline Food Center they have a policy to always check bills with their counterfeit detecting pen. "Any bills over 20 we check with a marker because we are getting counterfeit," said Brian Nelson, a clerk at the Food Center.
Two McDonald's locations have caught counterfeit money according to owner Karen Tyler. Tyler says her bank, Core First Bank and Trust, called to warn her about an increased amount of counterfeit money being passed around. After that she informed her employees of how to check for counterfeit money. They also use the pens which leave a black mark on counterfeit bills and an auburn mark on real bills.
Mr. Goodcents is also double-checking their money. They say they have had people try to pass off counterfeit money twice.
John Fager, the Executive Vice President of Core First Bank & Trust says they see an influx of counterfeit money when the weather gets warm. He also says gas prices and the rise in the cost of food may be contributors.
But what happens when you become a victim of counterfeit money. That's what Brad Hendrix says happened to his wife. You can hear his story by clicking on the video tab at the top of this story.
All counterfeit money is handled by the U.S. Secret Service. You can purchase Counterfeit money detector pens at most Super Centers for around $8.00.