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Rowan County Clerk Elwood Caudill, Jr., reported on social media that his office received a fake $5 bill on Wednesday.

"It felt slightly different," he said on Facebook. This raised his suspicion and he proceeded to investigate further.

Caudill said they checked the bill with a color changing marker, similar to the ones banks use. The ink changed to a dark color, indicating the bill was not real.

He added it was not until Thursday morning's money count that it was caught. He turned the bill over the Rowan County Sheriff's Department.

"Counterfeiters often take $1 bills and bleach them and then print $100s on them. The marker pens will mark good on these," Jim Cundiff said. "The best way to tell on anything larger than a $1 is to hold the bill at an angle in the light... there should be a watermark of whoever is on the bill or a '5' on the $5. Also the bottom numbers should turn from green to gold when held to the light and angled."

Cundiff provided a link to the United States Secret Service website that provides information on how to spot counterfeit money.

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