Police are investigating and urge residents to use caution after reports of counterfeit money were called in Tuesday.
Around 6:30 p.m., Paris police officers were called to Walgreens on Lamar Avenue for reports of forgery.
Paris Police Lt. John Berry said when officers arrived, they were told an unknown black woman had used fake $50 bills to pay for her purchase and left the store before employees realized the money was fake.
About an hour later, officers were called to Bath & Body Works for another forgery report.
“Officers were told that the complainant had received a counterfeit $20 bill as change during a transaction the previous day,” Berry said.
Both investigations are ongoing. It is unknown at this time if the two are connected.
Berry offered the following tips to help avoid falling victim to this scam:
- Make sure that the security bands are in place in the currency.
- Check that the areas of color shifting ink are present.
- Make sure that there are not symbols printed on the money in a foreign dialect.
- Be mindful of areas on bills that have been marked out with a marker of some sort.
- If you receive more than one of a single denomination, make sure that the serial numbers are not the same.
- Make sure that the bills are not marked “For Motion Picture Use Only.”
Editor’s note: Paris Police Lt. John Berry has since released a statement saying the $20 bill has been determined to be genuine. The $50 bills were, however, counterfeit.