There has been a big increase in the use of counterfeit money in Lincoln. Officer Angela Sands says most often the money shows up in businesses but they have seen more cases of people using it to make purchases on Craigslist or through items listed for sale on social media. This time people are using movie prop money available online. She says there are ways to tell the fake money from the real thing.
Officer Sands says, “It is basically money that is the right size and it looks realistic but it is typically stamped with the quote – For Motion Picture Use Only. The ones that we’ve recently seen also had red lettering that looked like Asian symbols or language on them. A couple times we’ve seen people write over that. They will scribble over it with a dark pen to make it look more real.” The fake money typically has a mark across the corner of the bill indicating they are fake so sometimes people will tear off a corner off or write over it to cover it up.
Officer Sands says most of the victims have been businesses but some have been private sellers. There have been twelve cases reported this month alone and 86 cases so far this year.