Local law enforcement discovered fake U.S. currency in the area this week, which appear to be phoney bills available for purchase from China.
The Finney County Sheriff’s Office warned the public via Facebook Wednesday, saying the money comes in $100, $50, $20, $10, $5 and $1 bills, do not “feel real” and feature unofficial markings, including red and white Chinese symbols on the left and back right side of the bill and black hash marks in the upper right corner.
In the post, the sheriff’s office said it had discovered the money was made in China and could be bought online.
On close inspection, the money is clearly fake, the office stated in the post, but Sheriff Kevin Bascue said it may be easy for locals to mistake it for real currency if they were not paying attention.
Bascue said a citizen notified the sheriff’s office of the currency. To his knowledge, there had been no reports of anyone attempting to use the money in the area.
Bascue said the sheriff’s office was not investigating the currency, but wanted the public to be aware of it. He said the office was not classifying the money as counterfeit and suspected it could be purchased legally.
The warning comes less than a week after the Garden City Police Department used its Facebook page to notify the public of reports of counterfeit $100 U.S. bills in northern Kansas, which were marked with a blue line and text reading “FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY” or “FOR CINEMATIC USE ONLY.” In the post, the GCPD asked residents to call the department at (620) 276-1300 if they come across one of the bills.
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported who notified the sheriff's office of the fake money. A citizen notified the office.