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Counterfeit Bills Make Their Way to Westfield Business

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WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — When customers come into Westfield’s 76 Discount Liquors, employees trust they’ll be getting authentic money in exchange for merchandise.

However, in a couple of instances, that wasn’t the case.

Owner Justin Eisenbeiser found this out on a recent trip to the bank. “The second did end up getting through a counterfeit pen. Westfield Bank was kind enough to get us a lot of paperwork on it, so all the staff has been notified about what to look for and how to identify something like this,” he said.

The bank spotted the fake in its money counter.

Counterfeiters go in to buy something small, like gum or chips, with the fake $20, and walk out with the real change. “Very frustrating, very frustrating,” Eisenbeiser stated.

When marking money with the counterfeit pen, the ink is supposed to come out yellow or green. If the money is fake, the ink will turn a brownish or black color. “They were surprised by the quality of it, and with the new $100 boll coming out, it’s the type of time where they try and put more counterfeit bills on the market,” added Eisenbeiser.

Eisenbeiser says people should especially at this time of year during the holiday season, where scams tend to be rampant.

In order to detect fake bills, Eisenbeiser tells his staff they can spot frauds by simply touching the money.