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Counterfeit cash circulating in southern Idaho, authorities say

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 2:04 p.m.

The eyes of Ben Franklin are seen through a magnifying glass on a sheet of $100 notes at the U.S. Secret Service anti-counterfeiting lab, Monday, June 14, 2004, in Washington. (LAWRENCE JACKSON / AP)
The eyes of Ben Franklin are seen through a magnifying glass on a sheet of $100 notes at the U.S. Secret Service anti-counterfeiting lab, Monday, June 14, 2004, in Washington. (LAWRENCE JACKSON / AP)

POCATELLO, Idaho – Police in the southern Idaho city of Pocatello say counterfeit $100 bills are being passed at local businesses.

The bills are sold online as novelty items, and they include Chinese characters written in pink – a feature not found on real $100 bills.

Police say businesses should train their employees to examine money carefully. If someone tries to use a bill that appears to be phony, authorities urge the businesses to call police.