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For motion picture use only

The North Platte police have received several reports of counterfeit bills at businesses, including two specific types of bills.

The first type is known as "Chinese Training Money," police spokesman John Deal said. The bills have red Chinese symbols on the front and back. They do not have many of the security features of genuine currency, such as color shifting ink, security strips and watermarks. 

The second type of bills is "Motion Picture Money" or "Prop Bills,” Deals said. These are used as props in movies by legitimate companies and are printed "For Motion Picture Use Only" in multiple areas of the bills, Deal said. And, the bills also lack the security features of real money. 

Deal said counterfeit pens should be effective on both types of bills and the best way to tell if they are fake is by taking a brief time to inspect and feel the bill. 

Deal said the counterfeits are real enough at a glance to be passed if the recipient isn't paying attention. While it is not illegal to merely possess the bills, it is a felony to intentionally try to pass them as real currency.

Residents and businesses are asked to vigilantly watch for these bills and call the police immediately if someone tries to pass them as real currency, Deal said.  

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/22/2017
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