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The Scam Alert informs citizens of practices of con artist. The alert page has links to State and National Alerts. If  we identify a scam in our area, an alert will be posted on this page. If you feel someone has attempted to involve you in a scam, please contact us immediately by calling the Criminal Investigations Division at 882-2620, or 911.

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Counterfeit $100.00 Bills

In the past few weeks, several counterfeit one hundred dollar bills have been passed at local business's.  They all have the serial number "AG34740742C"  

If you're not sure whether a note is counterfeit, consult an experienced money handler—a bank teller, for example. If you get a counterfeit bill,

  • Write your initials and the date on the back of the bill so that you can identify it later.

  • Record on a separate sheet of paper all the details about how you got the bill: Who gave it to you? Where and when did you get it?

  • Handle the bill as little as possible to preserve any fingerprints. Put the bill in a protective cover such as an envelope

  • Contact the nearest U.S. Secret Service office or local police. Surrender the bill only to these agencies.

Anyone convicted of passing a counterfeit may be fined as much as $5,000 or imprisoned for up to 15 years.

 

Rules about Reproducing Money

 

The law places strict limitations on photographs or other printed reproductions of U.S. and foreign paper currency, checks, bonds, stamps, and securities.

U.S. currency
The Counterfeit Detection Act of 1992 permits color illustration of U.S. currency provided that

  • the illustration is less than three-quarters or more than one and one-half times the size, in linear dimension, of any part of the bill;

  • the illustration is one-sided; and

  • any negatives, positives, plates, or digital, magnetic, or optical files used in making the illustration are destroyed, deleted, or erased after their final use.

Other obligations
Similar restrictions apply to photographs or printed reproductions of foreign currency as well as U.S. and foreign checks, bonds, stamps, and securities. In addition, these items may be reproduced only in black and white.

Color or black and white motion picture films, microfilms, videotapes, and slides of U.S. and foreign paper currency, securities, and other obligations may be made for projection or telecasting. But prints may not be made from these media unless the prints conform to size and color restrictions.

Coins
There are no restrictions on printed or motion picture reproductions of U.S. or foreign coins. But the law prohibits, with few exceptions, the manufacture, sale, or use of any token or device that is meant to resemble a U.S. or foreign coin and that is issued as money.

For more information on the rules about reproducing money, contact the U.S. Secret Service office nearest you; office locations are available on the Web at www.treas.gov/usss or by contacting the U.S. Secret Service, Office of Government Liaison and Public Affairs, 950 H Street, N.W., Suite 8400, Washington, D.C. 20001-4518, 202/406-5708.



If you have any information concerning counterfeiting please call the LaGrange Police Department at (706) 883-2605, or CrimeStoppers at (706) 812-1000.

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The LaGrange Police Department does not solicit funds, or authorize anyone else to request donations on their behalf by telephone or door to door.

  

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