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Pizza Delivery Man Receives Fake $100, Police Advise Caution

A New York Pizza delivery driver was given a fake $100 bill for an $20 order, police said Tuesday.

Police are warning local businesses to be on the lookout this week, after a New York Pizza delivery driver reported receiving a $100 counterfeit bill for an $80 order this weekend. 

The suspects called from a 'private' number and had the delivery made to an undisclosed residence, Malden Police Lt. Det. Marc Gatcomb said. Those living in the nearby home are not believed to be part of the scam.

“The suspect met the driver outside and paid using a phony $100 bill and took $80 in change” Gatcomb wrote in an email to Malden Patch.

Malden wasn't the only city to report the use of counterfeit bills this weekend – Wakefield Police reported two separate incidents of counterfeit $100 bills used to purchase food.

“People should be extremely cautious, especially small businesses and those who deal in cash regularly – especially when they deal with large bills,” Gatcomb said.

Readers can consult this article for tips on identifying counterfeit cash.  

Kelly January 23, 2013 at 05:01 PM
I always thought that the pizza shops only deliver to addresses with an address linked to a phone number.
paul surette January 23, 2013 at 07:50 PM
The paper used to print the US currency is infused with roughly 30% cotton. It has a distinct feel to it. This should have been a no-brainer to pizza delivery guy. When I delivered pizzas way back when, we refused $100 bills. Made life a lot less complicated. :)
Eddie January 23, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Kelly I work for a Pizza Place and although we have caller ID we always get a phone number, if they give a different number we always take both numbers down., Now from reading this report the delivery driver should be requestioned sorry but an $80 they paid with a $100 bill and they took $20 back tells me there was no tip and trust me if I deliver $80 worth of food and don't get a tip thats a person I dont forget!!
paul surette January 23, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Eddie, being a veteran of the pizza wars myself, I agree with you. There were times I delivered huge orders, and not get any tip. On the large orders, I always watched for large bills. I knew how to identify them.Right down to the printing inks used :)
Chris Caesar January 24, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Turns out the spokesman misspoke on that one - the order was $20 and the change was $80. I have corrected the article.
W Gannon January 24, 2013 at 05:31 PM
They did it again in Melrose last night

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