Deputies issue warning about counterfeit $50 bills

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – After two recent incidents, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office is warning business owners to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills.

Both incidents took place on the Seneca Nation’s Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

The first was reported at a gas station on Route 438, where employees told the sheriff’s office two customers were trying to pay for items with a counterfeit $50 bill. The customers claimed they had no knowledge the bill was a fake.

The second counterfeit $50 bill was seized by Seneca Gaming and Entertainment. When questioned, the man told deputies he got the bill from a gas station in Dunkirk.

Captain Greg Savage, head of the Detective Bureau, explains, “It’s our experience that counterfeit bills are distributed throughout a region and used by different individuals. They do this to lower the store clerk’s suspicion of the bill and the purchase.”

The sheriff’s office is asking business owners to make sure all bills have proper security measures.

If someone is trying to use a counterfeit bill, it should be confiscated and local law enforcement should be notified immediately.

Deputies recommended documenting a detailed description about the suspects for officers to review.

Detectives continue to investigate and charges are pending against the individuals involved in these two incidents. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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