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Accepting cash? Beware of movie money, police chief says.

The Waveland Police Department is warning people to examine their currency closely, as people could be passing movie money off as real bills.
The Waveland Police Department is warning people to examine their currency closely, as people could be passing movie money off as real bills.

It looks real unless you pay attention. It’s movie prop money, and it’s shown up in Waveland.

It’s a cause for concern because busy retailers and anyone who accepts cash from someone else could wind up with money that’s not worth the paper it’s printed on, Waveland Police Chief Dave Allen said.

“I can see how a clerk with a long line of customers could be in a rush and not check a bill to make sure it’s real,” Allen said.

Some businesses use security pens to check when it’s unclear if a bill is genuine, but not all do, he said.

Movie prop money can be bought on the internet easily. But people trying to get something for nothing can turn it into a crime by using it for purchases or cash payments, Allen said.

A fake bill recently turned up when someone found it on the ground and planned to go into Wal-Mart and use it, but realized it didn’t look right, he said.

Allen said he’s not aware of any retailers who have accepted the money. But it could happen, he said.

It’s not a crime to have movie money, he said, but it is if you try to pass it off as money.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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