The bills say "For motion picture use only" on the front, and repeat the warning on the back – but businesses in Minnesota are being duped by customers passing off the counterfeit cash as real.
It's happened four times in the past month to Eden Prairie businesses, police there said in a warning Thursday. Sometimes it was successful, other times the patron just tried to use it.
So the Eden Prairie Police Department is warning shops and businesses to keep an eye out for the bills, and call 911 if a customer tries to use one.
People convicted of counterfeiting currency can face a fine of up to $100,000, and up to 20 years in jail.
The company Prop Movie Money, which says it's provided fake bills for "The Americans," "Empire," "Daredevil" and more, has a full legal disclaimer noting the fake bills aren't based on scans from real money, and noted they take care to adhere to the legal requirements of producing prop money.
This is not a new problem – just the latest warning
While Eden Prairie PD wrote about the faux Benjamins Thursday morning, warnings have been issued for months.
Here's a story form Prior Lake in March, where multiple counterfeit film bills were found, the Prior Lake American wrote.
Some were found in Grand Forks last fall too, the Grand Forks Herald said.
And this story from the Brainerd Dispatch was published back in August of 2014.
Search on Google, and you'll see the bills have been spotted (and law enforcement has been trying to track them down) in other states too.