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.