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12 cases of 'movie money' passed as cash trigger warning in Cumberland County

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) - At least a dozen cases of fake movie cash being used as real money have officials in Cumberland County warning people about the scam.

The recent cases happened when people used "replica money props" -- intended for use in movies or TV -- in the place of real money.

The 12 incidents happened in Fayetteville, Godwin, and Eastover, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said.

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The victims are both people and businesses.

At least four of the victims were businesses, including one that was hit twice.

"The props look pretty close to the real thing, but there are a few distinct differences from U.S. Currency," deputies said in a news release.

Here are a few things to look for:

“ONLY MOTION PICTURE PURPOSES” is printed on both sides of the prop bill. There are some companies that make prop money that may have “FOR CINEMA PURPOSES” printed on it.

“COPY” is printed on the front of the bill.

“THIS IS A COPY BILL” and “Replica money props” is printed on the back of the bill.

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