(Toledo News Now) - A Toledo-area woman is the most recent victim of scammers circulating counterfeit money.
Whitackre is out of a job after having surgery and her stepfather has mounting medical bills for a major health problem. In an attempt to help him, Whitackre decided to sell her new litter of puppies.
A man responded to her ad and paid her for a puppy. When Whitackre took her stepfather's car to the gas station to fill the tank, she learned the two $20 bills she was paid were fake.
"I feel really bad because I'm doing everything I can to help him," she said. "I just can't believe the people knew it was for the benefit and I can't believe someone would do that to someone – kick them while they are down."
Police say one of the best ways to determine if a bill is counterfeit is by feel. The phonies are slippery compared to legitimate bills.
If you'd like to help Whitackre's stepfather Bill, there will be a benefit dinner and silent auction on September 27 at Quarters Bar & Grill inside the Woodland Mall in Bowling Green. The event will include raffles and karaoke. For more information, contact Brandi at 419-575-0580.