BREAKING NEWS Opelousas Police investigating Thursday afternoon shooting Full Story
SEVERE WX : Flood Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

BBB Scam Alert: Louisiana employees duped by "prop money"

Photo courtesy of MGN Online

A local BBB Accredited Business reached out to BBB Serving Acadiana asking us to help warn other retail businesses and consumers about the circulation of “Movie Money” or “Prop Money”.

Posted: Jul 14, 2021 12:54 PM

Lafayette, LA - A local BBB Accredited Business reached out to BBB Serving Acadiana asking us to help warn other retail businesses and consumers about the circulation of “Movie Money” or “Prop Money”. This money is specifically designed for the film and promotion industries for use in films, music videos, production promotions.

According to the business, the payment for products purchased were a few twenty dollar bills. The business provided photo documentation. At first glance they really appear to be real. Upon further inspection, the twenty clearly states “copy money” in multiple places, however, most of the wording is in the same typography and a similar color to regular currency. This makes it easy to miss especially, if you are a busy establishment. The business stated that although they have counterfeit detector pens they typically only use this on one hundred and fifty dollar bills.

How easy is it to get prop money?

A quick search on the internet and you will find a plethora of companies that produce and sell this product.

How do these companies get to produce this product?

Prop money makers manufacturer money according to the government’s guidelines to keep themselves and their customers out of trouble. 18 U.S.C. § 504(1), 31 CFR § 411.1.

Is it illegal to own prop money?

Short answer, No. Although, the U.S. Secret Service warns anyone in possession of movie or prop money should forfeit the fake bills to law enforcement. Anyone attempting to spend this fake currency for goods and services will be subject to fines and/or imprisonment (18 U.S.C. § 472).

BBB and the U.S. Secret Service offers these tips to help protect you from becoming a victim:

Take a quick glance at currency when you receive it from any consumer or retail establishment.
Check all currency using a counterfeit detector pen.
Look for Chinese Characters or foreign writing on the front and back of the note.
Look for “For Motion Picture Use Only” or the words “Replica” or “Copy Money” listed on the note.
Contact your local law enforcement or local Secret Service Field Office if you have information about counterfeit currency.

For more information:

Visit uscurrency.gov for more information and training resources on validating current and older U.S. currency.

Report Scams to BBB Scam Tracker?
Spot a business or offer that sounds like an illegal scheme or fraud? Tell us about it. Help us investigate and warn others by reporting what you know.

Lafayette
Partly Cloudy
76° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 75°
Feels Like: 76°
New Iberia
Partly Cloudy
75° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 76°
Feels Like: 75°
Ville Platte
Cloudy
75° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 75°
Abbeville
Partly Cloudy
76° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 76°
Feels Like: 76°
Crowley
Mostly Cloudy
75° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 74°
Feels Like: 75°
St. Martinville
Partly Cloudy
75° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 75°
Feels Like: 75°
Opelousas
Cloudy
75° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 75°
Muggy Weather is Sticking Around

Latest Video

Image

Tracking the ghost of Nicholas

${item.thumbnail.title}

The Hispanic population is growing in Lafayette

Image

Kid Lit Pick Of The Week: Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu

Image

BBB Warns of New Influencer Scam

Image

Nonprofit of The Month: Dreams Foundation of Acadiana

${item.thumbnail.title}

Hospitals see a big jump in Covid cases.

Image

Muggy and Wet Weather Continues

Image

Acadiana Workforce Solution Dislocated Worker Grant

Image

Flash Flood watch extended

Image

Exposure: A Selfie Experience Grand Opening Saturday!

Community Events