Police warn Virginia business owners to be aware of Chinese training notes

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WOODSTOCK, Va. (WHSV) — The Woodstock Police Department is warning business owners in Virginia to be aware of Chinese training notes designed to look like U.S. currency.

On October 2nd, officers received a report of a counterfeit $100 bill someone had found. But, upon investigation, police found it to be Chinese training currency used to educate bank tellers in China on handling U.S. currency.

The bills look nearly identical to real American $100 bills, but have pink Chinese script on both sides, which translates to "Training Money SAMPLE Only for Practice - Circulation Forbidden."

According to police, such notes, along with other international currency, can be bought online for as low as $3 for a stack of 20.

While the bill would not be classified as "counterfeit" when used as it's intended in China, trying to pass it as real currency in the U.S. would be classified as a Class 4 felony under the same federal law against printing counterfeit money.

If you encounter such a note, do not accept it as valid, and notify local police immediately.