UPDATE: Counterfeit Cases have Retailers and Consumers on Guard

UPDATE 12/17/13 @ 6:20 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Business is good at Tan Lines, a salon in St. Albans.

“We've been very lucky,” K. Short, an employee said.

Lucky, not because they're bringing in revenue, but because the money is legit.

Kanawha County Sheriff’s deputies say so far this Christmas season -- they've seen several cases of counterfeit cash.

On Monday, a 7-Eleven gas station just outside of St. Albans, received two fake $20 bills. It's the second incident like this one reported to authorities in a week’s time.

“The spots where we are finding the bills are totally random,” Capt. Sean Crosier said.

Crosier says 10s, 20s, 50s and even $100 bills are turning up.

Short knows and trusts most of her customers. However, she also knows they could be passing over funny money without even realizing it.

For example, say you're given a $20 bill at one store and then try to spend it in another. If it turns out to be counterfeit, now not only are you a victim, but you're also a suspect.

“You'd have a little explaining to do, of course,” Crosier said. “The thieves are taking advantage of this busy time of the year because they know the cashiers are so rushed.”

“It's scary,” Short said. “People work hard for their money and someone comes in and does something like that. You wonder how they can do something like that to somebody.”

Deputies say some of the cases do appear to be connected, but not all of them.

They're currently looking through surveillance video to figure out who is spending the money.



ORIGINAL STORY
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Around the holidays money can be tight, but Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say someone has been making fake cash.

According to a news release, someone gave the 7-11 convenience store on Shadyside Road in St. Albans two fake $20 bills on Monday.

Deputies say the cashier was very busy at the time and he believes the person took advantage of that opportunity.

Store managers are reviewing surveillance video to see if they can identify a suspect.

Deputies say recently there have been several counterfeit bills passed in Kanawha County, in no particular area.

If you have any information, you're urged to call the sheriff's department at 304-357-4693.


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