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After Counterfeit Incident, How to Tell If Your Cash is Real

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SHERMAN, TX--Late Wednesday night, a suspect tried to use counterfeit bills to buy gas at a Murphy Oil in Sherman. Police are still investigating. No one is currently in custody.  
         
After some funny money popped up at a gas station on Highway 82, you might want to check your wallet. American currency is actually difficult to replicate, according to the US government. Regardless, some people still try to pass a Benjamin Franklin on a simple piece of paper.

Late Wednesday night, Sherman police say fake money was almost used to pay for gas at the Murphy Oil by Walmart. The case is still under investigation, but it may leave you wondering what's in your wallet. 

One clerk at a Shell on the other side of Sherman said she had a customer who tried to use a fake $5 bill a while ago, but the customer said she didn't realize her bill was phony.

"She claimed that she didn't know but she was in tears and what not," Sabrina Burk said, Sherman Shell Gas Station clerk. "I mean it was pretty obvious she didn't know she had a counterfeit bill."

Sabrina Burk said in her 20 years as a clerk, she's only come across fake bills twice. She said there are some simple ways to make sure the cash you have is real.

"First and foremost, there's a different feel to a counterfeit bill," Burk said. "This is mainly cloth, and it has a different feel than regular paper does."

Currency should have a water mark resembling the president on the bill. If it doesn't then your $100 may have been bleached from a $5.

"You want to make sure that the faces match," Burk said. "There's also a detection strip on each 20, 10, 5, 100 and 50 dollar bill--and they will say US TWENTY, US FIVE, US TEN."

Special pens will make a yellow mark on a real bill, but they'll mark black on a fake one. When in doubt, there's one place that can tell if a bill is real or not.

"Take it to your bank," Burk said. "Your bank can help you. They're there for you. They're a good resource to rely on."

Or, stick to plastic.

Jen French, KTEN News