LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Authorities say counterfeit bills have been making their way around the Lake area, and these bills are able to elude a common technique of checking for their veracity.

During the last few weeks, the Camden County Sheriff's Office says deputies have been responding to calls from area businesses in regards to the counterfeit money. The fakes being passed around are genuine dollar bills that have been bleached and reprinted with higher denominations. Because of this, the starch pens many businesses use to check money will not show it is counterfeit.

"We want area citizens and businesses to know this is occurring and to be wary of denominations higher than $20," the Sheriff's Office said. Everyone is encouraged to check the embedded strips and other safety measures when receiving cash.

If you have any information on persons responsible for passing these bills, please contact the Camden County Sheriff’s Office 573-346-2243.

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