Tim Peterson, owner of Squeezebox Books & Music on Chicago Avenue and chair of the Main-Dempster Mile marketing committee, said someone had attempted to use counterfeit $10 bills in his store twice within a recent week.

In a recent posting he wrote, “The bills were an older style without the large head and had no watermark. The thief tried to buy a one-dollar item and walk out with nine dollars in change…. We filed a police report and I would suggest that other shops do the same thing in order that the police begin to see the pattern forming. Typically, the thieves try to pick mom-and-pop shops that do not have cameras.”

Mr. Peterson said he had heard of a similar occurrence at another local shop.  

Advice if Counterfeit Bills Are Suspected

The Department of the Treasury offers this advice:

If you suspect a counterfeit note or have information about counterfeiting activity, please report it immediately to the U.S. Secret Service, or to your local police.

Security Features – visit USCurrency.gov

For your personal safety. . . PLEASE:

Do not put yourself in danger.

Do not return the bill to the passer.

Delay the passer with some excuse, if possible.

Observe the passer’s description – and their companions’ descriptions – and write down their vehicle license plate numbers if you can.

Contact your local police department OR call your local U.S. Secret Service Office.

Write your initials and date in the white border area of the suspected counterfeit note.

DO NOT handle the counterfeit note. Place it inside a protective cover, a plastic bag, or envelope to protect it until you place it in the hands of an IDENTIFIED Secret Service Agent.

Surrender the note or coin ONLY to a properly identified police officer or a Secret Service Special Agent, or mail it to your nearest U.S. Secret Service field office.

Please Note: There is no financial remuneration for the return of the counterfeit bill, but it is doing the “”right thing”” to help combat counterfeiting.