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Georgia police department warns about fake cash floating around city

WSB Channel 2 Atlanta
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Fake money in Hazlehurst The bills were used during a homecoming celebration. (Hazlehurst Police Department)

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY, Ga. — There is some funny money floating around a Georgia county and a police department wants people to be aware.

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

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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.”

The police department said it wants word to be spread about the fake money.

This isn’t the first Georgia city to have an issue of phony bills floating around. Last month, the Rabun County sheriff’s office warned about fake $100 bills floating around the county.

The alleged fake bills were posted on the Facebook page with the title: “FAKE CURRENCY ALERT.” Two of the bills has the word “copy” on the lower left hand corner of the bill.

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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uncanny wisdom

I received a FAKE twenty at BANK of America one day! After leaving the bank, I went to Publix to make a purchase, and the cashier said the $20 was fake! I went back to Bank of America to return the fake twenty, and the teller took it back and said nothing, as if this was NOT uncommon! smh


Where I work, we just had one of our staff members receive a fake $50 bill. It was printed on a $5 bill. So make sure when receiving cash you check the watermark on it as well as marking it with a counterfeit pen.

Roger Ingram

and if you do get one and don't know it and try to buy something here comes the cops it happened too me one time I received it from a bank but still lost my money what a shame now I never see cash not even change


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