- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Carbondale police are warning local business owners and residents to be on the lookout for counterfeit currency.

Police in the southern Illinois college town issued a public alert this week citing “numerous cases” of phony money being circulated locally.

The alert includes several tips for detecting counterfeit bills, including looking for security strips and presidential watermarks when holding $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills under a light.

Counterfeit bills are more likely to have uneven edges and border lines. They also have text and graphics that are not as clearly defined as on legal currency.

Most counterfeit bills are produced on standard printing paper. U.S. currency is produced with cotton and linen, and has texture different from paper.

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