When George Floyd had his encounter with police officers, it was after he handed over a counterfeit bill for goods he bought. Those at the store who called for assistance have gone on the record wishing that they’d never even picked up the phone because of what happened.
If you’re a business owner, you can’t afford to have counterfeit bills robbing you of profits. Although no one wants to see a repeat of what happened to Mr. Floyd, the U.S. Secret Service does make these recommendations if you see something fake during a transaction.
Steps to Take If You Suspect a Counterfeit Bill
1. Do not return the suspected counterfeit bill to the passer.
2. Delay the individual who paid with the counterfeit money for as long as possible. You could chat about the weather, talk about their family, or pretend that the cash register isn’t working as it should.
3. Observe as much information about the individual as possible. You’ll want to pass on their description, info about their companions, and any license plate numbers of the vehicles used.
4. Contact your local police department about the incident. You can also place a call to your local U.S. Secret Service field office. These numbers are readily available online or in your telephone directory.
5. Write your initials and the date on the border of the suspected counterfeit note. You’ll want to limit how much you handle it, so try placing it in a protective covering, like an envelope, to protect the potential evidence on the item.
6. Only surrender the suspected counterfeit money to a police officer or special agent with the appropriate credentials.
The Secret Service is responsible for investigating counterfeit issues. If you need immediate help, contact your local police.