On Nov. 7, a 50- to 60-year-old Hispanic woman, approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall and 120 pounds with brown eyes and brown shoulder-length hair, entered a business in the 6000 block of Niles Street attempting to get change for a $100 bill.

An alert clerk suspected the bill was counterfeit, and the woman immediately fled the business when the clerk called the Kern County Sheriff's Office. It is not known if this suspect may have tried passing counterfeit bills on prior occasions, however the sheriff's office would like to remind citizens and store owners to be mindful of suspects attempting to pass counterfeit currency.

One hundred dollar bills are the most frequently counterfeited bills and individuals should be extra cautious when accepting large denomination bills. Look at the note and compare it to another note of the same denomination, looking for any kind of differences. Check the serial number for even spacing and the U.S. Treasury seal should have the same ink color as the serial number. Legal U.S. currency also has color shifting ink which alternates between green and a copper color depending on the angle, red and blue fibers imbedded within the paper it is printed on, watermark images of the president's image, and a colored security strip imbedded into the bill which is clearly visible under ultra-violet light, but not visible to the naked eye.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public that it is illegal to possess, pass or manufacture counterfeit currency.

Anyone with information on this case or with information on counterfeit currency is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office at 861-3110 or Secret Witness at 322-4040. Anonymous text tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the keyword KCSO prior to the anonymous message.

-- Kern County Sheriff's Office