Fake money and phony IDs are showing up in Harrisonville. Police want to catch the culprits by giving business owners the tools to protect their bottom line.
Monday, officers will hold a class on counterfeit money and fake drivers' licenses. They hope the classes will show business owners and their employees how to best take a closer look at the money they accept in their stores.
Harrisonville Detective Thomas Scroyer is trained to spot fake cash. He wants to share that knowledge after police discovered two counterfeit money rings last year in Harrisonville and Raymore.
"Luckily we were able to make some arrests and convictions out of that counterfeit ring," he said.
Counterfeiting affects local businesses and banks who are often responsible for the loss.
"A lot of these shops around here are mom and pop shops or small businesses. They can't afford to take too much of a loss," Scroyer said.
Harrisonville police are holding a training class to show businesses how to know the difference between real and fake money. They recommend using counterfeit detection pins that leave a mark on phony bills.
"If you look at the real $20 bill, if you move it in the light it shimmers. This one here does not shimmer. That is really hard to reproduce on any type of printer," he said.
They recommend that employees hold the bill up to a light and look for a security thread, portrait watermark and color-shifting numbers at the bottom of each bill.
Police will also teach business owners how to spot a fake ID because the majority of businesses did not pass alcohol compliance checks.
"We noticed the first few times we went out we had up to 80 percent failure. Eight out of 10 businesses sold alcohol to a minor," Scroyer said.
Police said, during their most recent alcohol compliance check, they had 100 percent compliance.
When it comes to checking a minor's ID, police recommend to look closely at the date of birth and photograph. They say those two spots are most commonly tampered with to create a fake ID.
All of the information and more will be taught during two free classes starting at 3 p.m. at the Harrisonville Community Center.
Click here for tips from the Secret Service on how to detect counterfeit money.
Click here for tips from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
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