The Sherman Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects wanted for their use of counterfeit bills throughout the Sherman area in recent weeks.
Sgt. D.M. Hampton said investigators believe the pair passed counterfeit $50, $20 and $10 bills at the Goodwill on Lamar Street on Oct. 3 and again at a yard sale and at the Dairy Queen on Sunset Boulevard on Oct. 7. Hampton said the department is also seeking a third male who was not included in the photos, but also passed a counterfeit bill at the same yard sale.
“They’re not using the counterfeit bills to go in there and get goods and services,” Hampton said of the suspects. “What they’re doing is buying little things with a fairly large denominations so that they can get legitimate money back in change.”
Hampton explained that counterfeiters often make digital scans of real bills and then print falsified bills on paper stock that closely resembles the texture of real money. The Sherman Police sergeant said counterfeiters have been able to replicate many of the security features incorporated into authentic bills, but often overlook a telling detail.
“One of the biggest indicators that the public should be aware of are the serial numbers,” Hampton said. “If you’re paid in multiple bills, check the serial numbers and if they match, then at least one of them is going to be a counterfeit.”
Hampton encouraged members of the public to keep an eye out for counterfeit bills, whether they’re headed into the register or coming out of an ATM, and to contact police if they unwittingly find themselves in possession of a fake note.
The suspects may be traveling in a white, four-door sedan with black wheels. Those with information regarding their identities are asked to call Detective Rob Ballew at 903-892-7246 or Sherman dispatch at 903-892-7290.