Business owners warn counterfeit bills circulating in Quad Cities

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) - Business owners in the Quad Cities are on the lookout for counterfeit bills. Gunchie's Bar & Grill in Rock Island and Gravy's Bar & Grill in Davenport both reported receiving fake $50 bills over the weekend. Owner of Gunchie's, Eric Ludtke, said losing $50 doesn't seem like much but can make a big impact.

"You have a lot of costs, you have a lot of things you need to make your business run, and then when you get taken advantage of it's basically just giving money away or pretty much someone stealing from you."

Both business owners mark the bills they receive with a counterfeit detector pen. However, the fake bills they received were bleached and were not detected. Barb Hecker, Assistant Vice President of Fraud at Triumph Community Bank, said it's a tactic she sees every so often.

"What will happen is that fraudsters will bleach a bill and they'll change the denomination," Hecker said. "They will say they've bleached a five dollar bill but they've counterfeited it to make it look like a $50 bill."

Experts advise holding a light up to the bill to tell if it is fake. The writing on the bill that appears when in the light should reflect the denomination of the bill. If both numbers don't align, experts said the bill is most likely fraudulent. If you believe you have a counterfeit bill, you're asked to call local authorities.