Bogus Bills Surface

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Meridian police officials say residents should be on the lookout for counterfeit bills being circulated in the area.

"We're experiencing an influx of counterfeit money inside the city of Meridian," said Dean Harper of the Meridian Police Department. "We believe these are coming from different sources. They're anywhere from $5 bills to $100 bills."

Bill Estes, president of Trustmark National bank in Meridian said counterfeiters want to pass as much bad money as they can, as quickly as they can.

"They will come into an area and stay just a few days. They're not going to stay very long because it's not going to take long for us or the police to notice that there is bad money circulating, and they'll pass as many bills as they can as quick as they can. They'll make change. They'll do those kinds of things to get as much good money as they can and they will leave," said Estes.

Authorities say there is no way to get your money back if you've been passed a counterfeit bill, so the best option is to be alert.

Authorities recommend rubbing a suspicious bill between your fingers. If it doesn't feel right, refuse it and ask for another.