New York’s streets are awash with counterfeit cash this holiday season — and lawmakers say it’s very real-looking Hollywood movie prop money that’s been bought on Amazon and eBay.
Bundles of realistic-looking Benjamins are being sold for as little as $7.99 on the shopping websites, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Friday, announcing the fun money was becoming a “major problem” for Big Apple retailers.
The Secret Service last month issued a new warning about fake cash used in movies flooding into the real world. Since last year, there has been a 25% increase in online searches for motion picture money.
“It shouldn’t be ‘Mission Impossible’ to prevent these fake funds from being passed off as the real thing in the first place,” Schumer said.
His office is calling on the Internet Association, a trade group which represents the world’s biggest online retailers, to work with the Secret Service to clamp down on the sale of counterfeit cash.
As part of their blitz on fake bills, the Secret Service announced “Operation Quick Glance,” which urges businesses and shoppers to take a quick glance at cash when they receive it.
Tell-tale signs that the money is fake include foreign writing on the back or front of the note, or the words “for motion picture use only” or “replica” written on the note, Schumer’s office said.
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