Cedar Rapids Police investigating reports of fake $50 bills

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- Cedar Rapids Police say they've had several complaints lately about counterfeit 50-dollar bills at fast food restaurants and convenience stores.

Police are reminding businesses and the public to take a moment to look at the bills, to help combat the crime and reduce losses.

Police advise looking for red and blue fibers embedded throughout the bill, as well as watermarks that can be seen when the bill is held up to the light that indicates that the currency is real. The currency will be spelled out in the watermark. Sometimes the feel of the counterfeit money is different as well.

The Police Department also encourages use of counterfeit currency pens. These pens will either cause the ink to run or react to the starches of paper in counterfeit money.

Police say if you suspect a counterfeit note or have information about counterfeiting activity, please report it immediately to the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

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