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Watch out for fake money in central Minnesota

Fake bills have been popping up at gas stations, bait shops and garage sales.

There has been some fake money popping up around the St. Cloud area.

St. Cloud police sent out a notice Friday explaining its department, as well as others in the area, have been getting reports regarding counterfeit $20 and $50 bills recently.

The bogus bills have been popping up at all sorts of places – like gas stations, restaurants, bait shops, and garage sales.

Earlier this week, a St. Cloud man was arrested for having fake money in a Garrison bait shop, KSTP reported. No word on whether or not that incident was related to any in the St. Cloud area, though.

The St. Cloud Police Department has a bunch of tips for how to spot fake bills posted to its website.

And if you're ever in a position where you think you've been handed fake money, the U.S. Department of the Treasury says you shouldn't put yourself in danger by confronting the person or handing back the money. Instead, you should make note of the person's name, license plate and their physical description.

Then call your local police department or your local U.S. Secret Service Office. Authorities say you should also write your initials and the date in the white border area of the suspected fake bill. After that, put it in a bag or envelope and don't touch it anymore.

Anyone with information about the fraudulent money in the St. Cloud area is asked to call the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200, or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301.

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