June 12, 2017
By: Major Jason A. Wank, Chief Detective
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a warning to businesses to keep their eyes opened for fake one-hundred dollar bills that are popping up in the county.
Detectives say the phony $100.00 dollar bills have been received by a grocery store, ABC store, and most recently a convenient store in Newport.
The fake $100.00 dollar bills have a poor representation of Benjamin Franklin and the words in large caps are stamped “For Motion Picture Use Only” with additional warnings under that in small letters “This note is not legal. It is to be used for motion pictures“. These fake bills can be purchased on EBay and Amazon and have identical serial numbers. Buyers usually spend about twenty-five bucks to purchase 10k in one hundred dollar increments.
The Sheriff’s Office is urging people and businesses to pay close attention to $100 bills. The fake bills can be detected with a currency detector pen and simply taking an extra second to simply observe the front and back of the bill. The bills are not necessarily counterfeit because they are made and sold as “fake money” and is marked “not legal”.
These fake 100’s are not new to law enforcement, just new to the area. These bills have been popping up all over the country. The bills also come in different denominations, $10, $20, $50 and $100. We are asking residents and stores to carefully check bills when accepting money and turn in all fake bills to your bank as they are aware of the issue. The people who passed the bills in Carteret County were unsuspected victims who received the money elsewhere.