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How to spot counterfeit money floating around Kanawha County, WV

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Counterfeit money is popping up in Kanawha County, WV. Counterfeit money is popping up in Kanawha County, WV.
CHARLESTON, WV -

There's 'funny money' floating around some stores in our area.

So, how do you spot the real bills from the fake?

"It's always horrible to loose money but it's part of business," said Dale Hayes, owner of Charleston Department Store.

Haynes said business is booming this time of year, and it's extra important for his employees to check for counterfeit cash if someone makes a large purchase.

He said one way to check for counterfeit money is to hold the bill up to a light.

"We could just hold it up and you can see the hologram inside the bill," he said.

Charleston police detective Jarl Taylor showed us some fake $100 bills which were recently passed around Kanawha County.

He said unfortunately, it's the season of scamming. It's not just the criminals who try to pass the cash off as real. He said innocent people can end up with it, too.

"They're not feeling it. They don't look at it. They don't check it. They don't know what they're getting until after the fact," he said.

Taylor said the texture of the bill is usually an obvious giveaway. Fake money feels flat like paper, where real money has a raised texture. Real money also has colored fibers embedded in the bills, he said. The watermark, or hologram, will also show up when you hold money up to the light.

Sometimes, the features are so obvious people tend to miss them.

"Sometimes, they will have the face of George Washington on a $100 bill. You know George Washington is on $1 bill," he said.

Haynes and other stores use counterfeit money detector pens to check if your cash is real. However, Taylor said even these won't stand up to the most well-made fakes.

Taylor says your best bet is to call police or visit your bank if you think you have your hands on bogus bills.

Click here for more ways to detect if your money is counterfeit.