The Sevierville Police Department is alerting citizens and business owners of a recent increase in counterfeit money use. While it is common to receive 4-5 counterfeit money reports monthly, the SPD fielded 13 reported cases in May and 7 so far in June 2017.

The majority of the counterfeit money being passed at this time is in $10, $20 and $100 denominations. There are several methods that can be used to identify counterfeit currency. The United States Secret Service offers advice at https://www.secretservice.gov/data/KnowYourMoney.pdf.

All genuine Federal Reserve Notes (except $1 and $2) have a security thread which is visible under UV light. In seasons when tourism brings more traffic to retail shops, attractions, and restaurants, employees should be trained to quickly recognize and document the signs of authentic money when working cash registers. Employees should also be trained to respond professionally when a counterfeit note is identified.

If you suspect that you have received a counterfeit note, please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. Anyone with information pertaining to the use of counterfeit notes in Sevierville, please contact SPD Detective Kevin Bush at 865-868-1748.