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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
By Zan Deery, Communications/Investigations
Better Business Bureau
Re-printed in the Ellensburg Chamber Exchange March 2006
Every year businesses are victimized by the counterfeiting of United States
currency and other U.S. obligations. Those who fail to carefully examine the
money they receive or who cash checks and bonds without requesting proper
identification are potential victims. Only with the public's cooperation can the
United States Secret Service reduce and prevent these crimes. One recently
shared tip on how to tell if a bill is counterfeit:
Take any bill that is a denomination of $10 or more and look directly at the
lower right-hand corner number (for example, if it's a $10 ---look for the "10"
there---With $20-look for the "20").
These specific numbers on the face of our currency are printed using a
special metallic color-ink that color shifts, if it's real. The color change is
usually from black to copper. Even at a distance, there will be a color shift.
If there is no shift, then more than likely you are dealing with a bogus bill.
We encourage you to pass this info onto your checkout clerks, counter people,
and tellers so they are in the know!
KNOW YOUR MONEY: If you receive a counterfeit:
At the time you are receiving or believe that you are receiving a
counterfeit bill or coin, if the person is still in your business or has just
left, dial 911 as opposed to trying to get to a phone book and look up the
telephone number. If you discover the counterfeit at a later point in time, call
the police department with jurisdiction and report the crime to them. It is
helpful to gather any video surveillance that you might have of the incident.
There is no local office or contact number for the Secret Service.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.