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Secret Service Offers Tips To Avoid Getting Scammed

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by Janet Kim

SMYRNA, Tenn. – Secret Service agents were in Rutherford County offering advice to local businesses trying to protect themselves from scammers.

With the holiday season being a busy time of the year where money is exchanged between consumers and businesses, the Secret Service Agency was making sure people take measures to protect themselves at a seminar Wednesday, hosted by the Smyrna Police Department.  

"If you get a $100 bill, there's nothing rude about pulling a magnifying glass out to look at the water mark," said Secret Service agent Greg Mays.  

The training involved tactics for avoiding identity theft, catching people using counterfeit money, recognizing illegal schemes and shopping scams, and overall safe business practices. 

Smyrna business owners said they attended the seminar with hoping it helped them from becoming victims during this busy holiday season.  

"I know this is supposed to be a joyful time of the year, but I call it, ‘tis the season for scams,'" said Ginny Williams, who owns Gil's Ace Hardware.

Some of the tips included simple measures to detect counterfeit bills, like looking for a watermark on the bill, or buying a counterfeit detection pen or black LED light. Each of those costs about $10.

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