Key points:

Rise in counterfeit bills: Durango has seen a surge in fake money, mostly in the North Main district, but also at grocery stores, restaurants, and major retailers like Walgreens and Walmart.

Denominations: The fake bills range from $1 to $100, often marked “For Motion Picture Only” or “Prop Use Only.”

Scammers’ tricks: Fraudsters may use large bills ($50s, $100s) to get real change, or crumple and scuff the fake bills to appear legitimate.

Be vigilant: Cashiers and anyone handling money should carefully inspect all bills.

Protect yourself: Use counterfeit detection pens while these bills are circulating.

Report suspicious activity: Contact Durango Police Department at 970-385-2900.

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