Kennewick police say a new rash of counterfeit money is making it's way around Kennewick and the Tri-Cities, causing merchants to take the loss.

Mostly $10, $20 and $50 bills are being passed, and often wind up in the hands of unsuspecting consumers, who got them from a business who didn't know they were fake.

Eventually, especially if the business notices the forgeries, they end up eating the loss.

Kennewick police say businesses should watch out for buyers who make smaller purchases with big bills, seeking to get cash back. That has been a recurring theme.

Anyone who suspects use of counterfeit money should call Kennewick police immediately. They also passed along tips and ideas from a website where you can see what bills are supposed to look like, as opposed to counterfeit money.