October 24-- Local merchants are being warned about the circulation of counterfeit fifty dollar bills in the Vidalia area.
Alan Thigpen at the Mount Vernon Bank says some of their customers have been burned by taking the bogus $50's.
"Based on what we've been told by people who have come in from our customer base, it's fifty dollars bills which look legit. We have a machine that will actually catch those things, but a pen will not. They just need to be careful taking $50 bills and if they'd like to have any checked they can bring them into the bank and we'll run them through the machine," he advises.