By Deon Guillory, WJBF GMA Weekend Anchor/Reporter - email
North Augusta, S.C. -
North Augusta Public Safety Investigators are looking for a man accused of passing a fake $100 dollar bill at an area convenience store.
The new $100 dollar bill has been in circulation just a few months, but fakes are making the rounds.
North Augusta Public Safety says a man passed a fake $100 dollar bill at the Save Stop on Atomic Road.
"He handed a counterfeit 100 bill to the cashier and unfortunately she didn't notice," said Alex Wahba, Manager at the Save Stop.
Wahba said this is the second time in three months that something like this has happened at the store.
Wahba said there are four ways you can tell if your new $100 dollar bill is real.
There is a watermark, a holographic, blue line toward the middle of the bill that says 100 in it. Also, there's another line and if you take your thumb and scratch Benjamin Franklin's shoulder, it feels much rougher than the rest of the bill.
"I think it happens to everybody. You don't really find out until you go to the bank," said Sarah Gibson of CommuniGraphics.
Gibson says her store has two ways of telling if money is real or fake, starting with a pen at the register.
Gibson said, "if it turns brown, a real dark brown, then you know it's counterfeit and you simply give it back to the customer and say I can't accept this."
Gibson says the other way is by holding the bill up to the light.
"So if you pick up a 100 dollar bill and it says 20, it's counterfeit. Or if you pick up and it's a hundred dollar bill and it says five dollars, then you know it's counterfeit, it's been bleached and reprinted," said Gibson.
Now, Wahba is making sure his clerks know how to spot a fake.
"We have a little tutorial with the cashiers. I show them exactly how the hundred bills. How to check the hundred bills," said Wahba.
If you know anything that will help North Augusta Public Safety Investigators identify the man in this case, call them at 803-279-2121.