Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 3, 2014

Suspects pay for items using counterfeit bills

PRINCETON — At least four cases of counterfeit money has been reported, mainly $100 bills that are being used to buy items advertised in a weekly Mercer County publication, officials said Thursday.

State police said the suspects are using the Trading Journal and yard sales to buy items and are paying for them with counterfeit bills.

“We want the public to be aware there is counterfeit money going around, if you are posting items in the Trading Journal be very careful,” said assistant detachment commander Sgt. M.S. Haynes of the West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment.

The money is very easy for the public to recognize.

“The watermarks are nonexistent, the ink will run when the paper gets wet and the counterfeit money is very poor quality,” Sgt. J. Centeno, also of the West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment, said.

The suspects are sending the money ahead of time and asking to pick up the items at a later time.

“We want to encourage people to meet the person you sell your item to in person, if possible get pictures of the person and license plate. These individuals seem to especially be targeting elderly people,” Centeno said.

State police are still actively pursuing and following up on possible suspects.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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