- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

SWANSEA, Mass. (AP) - Detectives in southeastern Massachusetts are teaming up with the U.S. Secret Service to investigate a counterfeit scam.

Swansea Police Chief George Arruda tells the Herald News (https://bit.ly/1Jvh76p ) that scammers are bleaching real $5 bills and reprinting them to look like $100 bills.

Arruda is warning the community to be wary of accepting $100 bills. He says a security strip on the bills will display their real value.

Arruda says they are investigating two suspects who targeted Swansea businesses this month. The first incident occurred Aug. 8, when a man entered a Dunkin’ Donuts and used a fake $100 bill to complete a transaction. Then an employee at a Friendly’s told police on Monday that a woman asked to break a fake $100 bill into $20 bills.

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Information from: The (Fall River, Mass.) Herald News, https://www.heraldnews.com

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