A representative from the Clinton Police Department is warning the community to be aware of counterfeit bills being circulated in Clinton.

Clinton Police Sgt. Colin Reid said Wednesday night that the police department put out a City Watch notification to local businesses concerning counterfeit $20 bills. Reports of counterfeit bills were made Monday and Tuesday.

Monday evening, a Clinton resident reported finding a counterfeit $20 bill. The next day, Ascentra Credit Union, 1720 N. Second St., and the North Second Street and Sixth Avenue South branches of Clinton National Bank reported receiving counterfeit bills.

Reid said the bills reported by Clinton National Bank came from area businesses. He asked businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeits.

According to Reid, police are investigating the bills and trying to trace the source. He warns the public to be aware of possible counterfeits. He encourages people to use the different security features— such as strips of thread embedded in bills— to authenticate a bill before accepting it. Anyone receiving a counterfeit bill should report it to the police.