There’s not as much money to be made in the movie industry in North Carolina as there once was. But money made for the industry — fake currency that looks like cold cash on screen — is still in circulation here.
Since the beginning of the year, at least four businesses and several individuals in and around Fayetteville have accepted bills they thought were worth $5 to $100 but really were just movie props, according to Sgt. Patrice Bogerty of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
“If it’s in a stack of real money, you probably wouldn’t catch it,” Bogerty said.
Likewise, if one of the bills came as change at a drive-through restaurant and the recipient didn’t examine it, they might not notice it was stamped with the words, “Replica money props,” and “ONLY MOTION PICTURE PURPOSES.”
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The funny money is readily available through Ebay and Amazon in single and mixed denominations. Some are such close facsimiles that Bogerty said they trigger the anti-currency-copying mechanism on the department’s copy machine.
She was only making photos to distribute with a press release warning people about the scam. Honest.