It was only a week ago that Meridian had an incident involving counterfeit bills.
"Just last week we had a customer come in to pay, well attempt to pay their water bill. They had four twenties and we found that they were counterfeit bills," explained Lee Barber.
That was just the most recent case. Lee Barber, Meridian's Assistant Director of Finance and Records, says there have been numerous other cases similar to last week's.
"We had another customer come in last month and attempt to pay their water bill with counterfeit bills."
Barber says other cases of counterfeit money circulating have come from the Meridian Police Department and Lakeview Golf Course. She wants to warn the city of this issue, especially local businesses.
"We like to warn people in the public so that they can be aware of it, with their businesses. Right here at Christmas time people will be out making purchases and maybe transferring money from a savings account to a checking account. We just want people to be aware," warned Barber.
Barber says businesses can easily protect themselves from getting counterfeit bills. She says it's as simple as getting one particular pen.
"One thing that we do to try to catch counterfeit money is we have counterfeit pens. And we scan all of our money with a counterfeit pen Counterfeit bills, the ink runs so when we receive money at the counter we run a pen across it and typically if the money is good it will turn yellow. But if it's bad it will turn black," said Barber.
Barber says these specific pens can be purchased at most office supply stores.