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Another Georgia county warns of fake cash mixed in with real bills

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Douglas County sheriff's office warns about the funny money © Provided by WSB Atlanta Douglas County sheriff's office warns about the funny money

The Douglas County sheriff’s office wants people to be on alert for fake cash floating around the county.

The sheriff’s office posted on its Facebook page about prop money being mixed in with real money. Deputies said people may be using it as real money.

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“They may use it to pay for goods or services in full or mix in prop money with real money,” the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said people should be alert and examine each bill for signs that it is not real money. The fake bills in the county has “Copy Money” on the front of the bill and more marks on the backside.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is asking citizens to be aware of scammers attempting to use prop money in place of...

Posted by Douglas County Sheriff's Office (Georgia) on Monday, September 27, 2021

Earlier this month, another Georgia police department issued a warning about fake bills in their community.

The Hazlehurst Police Department posted about the fake bills. The department said that phony 100 dollar bills were shot out of a cannon during a recent homecoming celebration.

The bills look real on the surface, but on closer inspection, the words “For Motion Picture Use Only” is printed on the front of the bill. The phrase is also posted on the back of the bill instead of “United State of America.”

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The U.S. Currency Education Program said there’s ways you can check to see if your bill is real:

Federal Reserve System Seal

A black seal to the left of the portrait represents the entire Federal Reserve System. A letter and number beneath the left serial number identifies the distributing Federal Reserve Bank.


Look carefully (magnification may be necessary) to see the small printed text THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA on Benjamin Franklin’s jacket collar, USA 100 around the blank space containing the portrait watermark, ONE HUNDRED USA along the golden quill, and small 100s in the note borders.

Raised Printing

Move your finger up and down Benjamin Franklin’s shoulder on the left side of the note. It should feel rough to the touch, a result of the enhanced intaglio printing process used to create the image. Traditional raised printing can be felt throughout the $100 note, and gives genuine Federal Reserve notes their distinctive texture.


Federal Reserve note paper is one-fourth linen and three-fourths cotton, and contains red and blue security fibers.

Portrait and Vignette

The $100 note features a portrait of Benjamin Franklin on the front of the note and a vignette of Independence Hall on the back of the note.

Symbols of Freedom

Phrases from the Declaration of Independence and the quill the Founding Fathers used to sign the historic document are found to the right of the portrait.

Gold 100

A large gold numeral 100 on the back of the note helps those with visual impairments distinguish the denomination.

Treasury Seal

A green seal to the right of the portrait represents the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Serial Numbers

A unique combination of eleven numbers and letters appears twice on the front of the note.

Series Year

The design includes series years 2009 and 2009A.


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