Eugene Police detectives are investigating a significant increase in cases involving counterfeit currency, with reports also coming in from other nearby communities.
The detectives are seeing a large numbers of counterfeit $20 bills, as well as some reports of other denominations. Some leads have come in with a number of the suspects connected to the sale and use of heroin. The suspects have been passing these bills at convenience stores, gas stations, fast food establishments and coffee shops.
Police are warning businesses to be careful and closely inspect bills that have a different feel to the paper, or where the images appear to be slightly blurred. Some of these bills have also been slightly smaller than legitimate currency. Merchants are cautioned and asked to train their employees to look for security features that should be present in all $20 bills, such as the security strip embedded in the paper, the watermark portrait, red and blue micro fibers, and other security features that are present on legitimate U.S. currency. Police also ask anyone who receives a bill they believe is counterfeit to retain the bill, if they can safely do so, and to contact their local police agency immediately.
Anyone with any information about people passing or manufacturing counterfeit notes are asked to call the Eugene Police Department tip line at 541-682-8888.