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Clarksville Police Department warns Businesses and Sellers Using Social Media of Counterfeit Money

 

Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Police Department reports that since January this year (2015), they have had multiple counterfeit currency incidents.

Detective Dennis Honholt, along with the assistance of other CPD Detectives and Patrol Officers, have arrested individuals in connection with these cases, but the counterfeit currency trend seems to be ongoing.

Clarksville Police reports counterfeit currency being passed in Clarksville.

Clarksville Police reports counterfeit currency being passed in Clarksville.

There are two forms in which the suspects are passing the counterfeit funds. The larger counterfeit dollar amounts are coming from social media sources such as Craigslist and forms of Snapchat, in which someone advertises something of value for sale.

The most common items sold through social media sources are Xbox, PlayStation or other computer related items. The suspect(s) then contacts the seller; they meet at a parking lot and exchange hundreds in counterfeit funds for the item of value.

The second most common form of passing counterfeit funds is at fast food businesses and gas stations where they pay with a counterfeit bill(s) while the cashier is busy or distracted.

Suggestions from Detective Honholt and the Clarksville Police Department

In regards to social media, sellers are advised to take money orders only or check the cash first before handing over the property and ask for ID.  If the buyer(s) is suspicious, get a license plate and take a photo if possible.  Fast food businesses and gas stations should ensure that the clerks are aware of the possibility of counterfeit funds and to be extra attentive to this type of criminal activity.

Please continue to report counterfeit funds to the Police and if anyone has any further information related to these incidents call Detective Dennis Honholt at 931.648.0565 Ext. 5260 or the CrimeStoppers TIPS Hotline at 931.645.TIPS (8477).


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