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Police are expressing concern over complaints of counterfeit bills.

Some local workers are spotting the funny money.

Do you think you could spot a fake bill?

Beck's Taproom server, Audreiana Schuster, said she used to see counterfeit money more often than most people would think while she worked at Burger King.

"With some of the more recent counterfeits, the bills actually look legit. It's very hard to tell those apart at any time," Audreiana said.

Many servers carry a counterfeit pen. All you do is swipe it over the dollar bill, and you know whether it's real or fake.

"To know that somebody does it on purpose is aggravating that you can just hand out fake money and take it from people who are actually earning it," Audreiana said.

The Waterloo Police Department said it has received complaints of fake bills being used at Hy Vee and Burger King, bringing the total to 54 counterfeit complaints in 2015.

There were two reports this week.

Police Captain, Dave Mohlis, said there's no insurance for fake money.

"The business is out that $20 or that $100 or whatever that counterfeit bill is. So, it's good to catch it at the register to make sure the business is not out that money," Captain Mohlis said.

Counterfeit pens can be purchased at most stores for about $10.

If you didn't already know, these special pens spot can identify fake bills by turning the money different colors, based on the ink.

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