BOISE — On Saturday, a Downtown Boise business, Meraki Street Greek Food reported a man came in dancing on Friday, paid for his food, received change, and left the store. The owners didn't discover the counterfeit bill until the money was counted later on.. but the man was captured on video surveillance.
Sergeant John Terry with Boise Police says there are some indicators of counterfeit money and taking a minute to look at bills could prevent this from happening to you.
"What you want to do is make sure the paper looks right, they have a security strip on it," said Sergeant John Terry, Boise Police Department.
"Not only in restaurants and businesses are taking this money, but other people as well, private parties. If you're on Craigslist, marketplace and you're exchanging whatever you're selling for money, take a look at it, be suspicious of fifty, hundred dollar bills. Be suspicious, if you don't think it's real, don't make the transaction."
Sergeant Terry says some counterfeit money has Chinese writing on it. He says another type might say motion picture on the top of it..
"Again, if you think there's some funny money, take it to call the police department. We'll be glad to take a look at it, if you don't think the money is real, don't do the transaction. Again take a good look at the money. If the person is legitimate, he won't mind taking the time to look at it and make sure it's real and if their going to do the transaction they can go some other form of payment."
The Boise Police Department has more information head to Treasury.gov