Consumer Alert: Residents and local businesses are being warned to be in the lookout for counterfeit bills.

New reports surfaced last week in the Batesville and Independence County areas of these bills trying to be passed. These bills have also been reported by numerous businesses right here in Lawrence County. Reports of these bills have also surfaced from surrounding counties in northeast Arkansas and southern Missouri in recent weeks.

Be on the lookout for the small Chinese marking sometimes found on the back of the bill. Also some of these bills are smaller than true currency and can be identified when compared to real American currency. If you encounter any of these you should report them to local law enforcement.