Deputies in Oconee County are warning businesses about counterfeit bills. Oconee County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Jimmy Watt tells 7 On Your Side, there have been 4 cases of fake cash in the past month.
The Sheriff's Office saw the first case on May 26th, when a Walhalla resident was given a counterfeit $20 dollar bill in exchange for broken furniture.
The next case was on the morning of May 27th, when deputies say someone used counterfeit money, in the amount of three $10 dollar bills, at the Dollar General in West Union on Scenic Plaza Drive. Deputies tell 7 On Your Side, 25 year old Kayla Marie Bryson of West Union was later arrested on forgery charges in this case.
On the evening of May 27th, the Oconee County Sheriff's Office says a man passed two $20 dollar counterfeit bills at the McDonald's drive thru on Scenic Plaza Drive in West Union.
The latest case happened on June 24th, when deputies say someone gave the cashier a fake $10 dollar bill at the McDonald's drive thru at 1305 Sandifer Boulevard in Seneca.
"When you see something like this at least on my opinion it does raise some red flags," said Watt of the increase.
Watt says new printing and computer technologies mean the bad guys have more tricks up their sleeves - and passing fake bills is no longer a high dollar game.
"Now you have to be really wary of the $10 dollar bills and the $20 dollar bills just to make sure that those bills aren't fake," Watt explained.
Watt says if the money doesn't look right, it is probably not. If you notice counterfeit money in your wallet, the best thing to do is contact your local sheriff's office - immediately.
If you have any information on the cases, call 1-888-CRIME-SC.
7 On Your Side also checked with other counties across the Upstate. In Greenville County, the Sheriff's Office says they get calls regularly and report those to the Secret Service.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office tells says they've had 7 cases so far this year.
In Anderson County, the Sheriff's Office has seen 21 cases of counterfeit payment since January.