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Warning issued after O'Fallon business receives counterfeit $100 bill

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After one fast-food restaurant fell victim to a counterfeit one-hundred dollar bill the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce has issued a warning to businesses in the area. After one fast-food restaurant fell victim to a counterfeit one-hundred dollar bill the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce has issued a warning to businesses in the area.

O’FALLON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – After one fast-food restaurant fell victim to a counterfeit one-hundred dollar bill the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce has issued a warning to businesses in the area.

A new method to get around the usual securities business take to prevent such issues is taking genuine one-dollar-bills and reprinting them as one hundred dollar bills.

“So many of our locally owned mom and pop restaurants and retail stores are boot strap funded. They've put everything they have into these stores and are working really hard for every dime that comes in so something like this happens it puts a major kink in their operations to recover from that,” said O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Erin Williams.

According to the secret service the counterfeit currency was bleached. It is genuine paper although the note is counterfeit so any attempts to mark the bill would look normal.

“If you look closely you can see the number one in the upper right hand corner of the note indicating it is genuine paper of a one dollar bill that's been enhanced by counterfeiter to make it a one hundred dollar bill,” said U.S. Secret Service Agent Douglas Roberts.

According to Roberts, when he started 25 years ago counterfeiters were using high-tech paper, expensive inks and equipment, but today that bleached out one dollar bill can be reprinted with a three-in-one color printer that you can purchase for about $85 at any retailer.  

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