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Hub Police: Be on lookout for counterfeit cash

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Phoney money: These counterfeit $100 bills have been confiscated by Hattiesburg Police during the last few weeks. Phoney money: These counterfeit $100 bills have been confiscated by Hattiesburg Police during the last few weeks.

Hattiesburg Police are warning residents to check their cash before they spend it, because it might not be real. Police say they've seen a major influx of counterfeit currency in our area, consisting mostly of $20 and $100 bills.

They've had several reports from citizens and some arrests have been made, especially since the holiday season.

Officers say in many cases, real currency is being used in the counterfeiting process.

"A lot of what we're seeing right now is they're taking small denomination bills, such as $5 and $10 and doing certain things to them in order to clean them, then turn around and re-print on it, so that it shows a $100 bill or a $20 bill or $50, stuff like that and then they go in a store and use it," said Lt. Jon Traxler of the Hattiesburg Police Dept.

Traxler says if you have doubts about any cash you have, take it to a bank or the local police department to have it checked out before you try to spend it.

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