In November we learned that a few businesses in Independence, Mo.,
reported receiving counterfeit $100 Federal Reserve notes that were
suspect because of the feel of the paper and confirmed with the use of
detector pens. Only after that did shopkeepers realize that the bogus
notes had FOR CINEMATIC USE ONLY and FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY
printed all over them.
Anchorage’s Alaska Dispatch News reports that the scam has
now spread to Juneau, where the police department is actively
cautioning citizens to be on the alert for $50 and $100 denominations
with the FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY warning printed on both sides.
The department stated that over the past month it received nine
reports of use or attempted use.
The police said that, with the exception of the disclaimer, the
notes may appear real without close inspection. The face of the note
illustrated in the paper does look quite close to a real one, but the
back is more of a work of fiction in which the dome of what is
supposed to be the Capitol Building disappears into the clouds.
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