Police are warning Ashlanders to inspect $20 bills carefully after counterfeits were passed at three businesses on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Police are warning Ashlanders to inspect $20 bills carefully after counterfeits were passed at three businesses on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The fake bills were passed at 7-Eleven and Case Coffee, both in the 1200 block of Siskiyou Boulevard, and at the Chevron Station at 2500 Ashland St., according to police reports.

"It's possible that it may be the same person in these two days, but there's nothing to indicate that it's the same person," said Sgt. Jim Alderman with the Ashland Police Department.

"Anybody with a good color printer can produce this stuff," he said.

The Ashland Police Department has received nine reports of counterfeit bills being passed since April. In July, the department alerted locals to the issue after a fake $20 bill turned up at Yogurt Hut downtown.

Police encourage businesses to use verification tools, such as counterfeit detection pens or machines, on bills with denominations of $20 and higher.

When counterfeit and authentic bills are compared side-by-side, their differences in paper and ink quality are easier to spot, Alderman said. Also, fake bills don't have metallic identification strips inside them like authentic bills do, he said.

— Ashland Daily Tidings