Brownfield Police are warning banks, businesses and individuals that a surge of fake money is making its way through the community.
Numerous counterfeit $100 bills have been turned in, mainly from convenience stores but also from other businesses in Brownfield and Terry County.
The police said it is understandable that a clerk might not notice the fake bills during a busy moment in their store, but they stand out once viewed with a cautious eye. Many of the bills being passed around locally have the familiar face of Benjamin Franklin and several other hallmarks of a legitimate $100 bill. The bills even feature the security stripe and different colors now utilized on large denomination bills. However one glaring difference is the large type on the front that says “For Motion Picture Use Only” where a normal bill says “The United States of America.”
A small disclaimer on the bill says: “This note is not legal. It is to be used for motion pictures.” The back of the fake bills feature an antiquated building and a pair of trees, however it is not an image of Independence Hall as seen on real currency.