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Fake $100 bills circulating around Lexington


Fake money is making its way around Lexington and Central Kentucky, so all you business owners should be on the lookout.

The counterfeit bills are easy to spot if you take the time to look at them, but they have somehow still managed to circulate their way through the area.

As you can see, the bills are clearly marked FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY and have a different expression on Benjamin Franklin’s face:

But if you or your employees aren’t paying close attention, they’ll pass for real hunnids, as many businesses learned the hard way. I know of a business that was hit for $500 on Black Friday.

The Lexington Police Department has received more than a dozen reports of the fake cash, according to

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

8 Comments for Fake $100 bills circulating around Lexington

  1. ukjaybrat
    2:13 pm December 1, 2016 Permalink

    this is on the cashiers. they are supposed to take a marker to anything over a $20. To not take a marker to a $100 bill means they are either incompetent and need to be fired, or were intentionally not taking a marker to it (because they were in on it) in which case they need to be fired.

    just sayin.

    • Drew Franklin
      2:17 pm December 1, 2016 Permalink

      Definitely agree. Part of the reason for sharing this is so businesses will make sure their cashiers are doing what they should be doing in the first place.

    • ukbradstith
      2:49 pm December 1, 2016 Permalink

      Okay, showing my ignorance, but what does it mean to “take a marker to it”?

    • Mathlete
      3:09 pm December 1, 2016 Permalink

      There’s a particular kind of marker you can buy and mark bills to see if they react, the ones we used back in the day looked like a regular yellow highlighter (but definitely weren’t). Real bills will change the color of the mark from yellow to something else, I’m not sure what the most current color change is

  2. secrick
    2:26 pm December 1, 2016 Permalink

    Darn you Drew shut down that machine, you have enough for now.

  3. ClutchCargo
    3:01 pm December 1, 2016 Permalink

    Wonder if Katina’s girls would take them? Asking for a friend at U of L.

    • secrick
      3:40 pm December 1, 2016 Permalink

      Now that is funny.

  4. Mathlete
    3:06 pm December 1, 2016 Permalink

    Ben Franklin is doing that “McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed” face from the 2012 games. Apparently he’s not wowed by their printing efforts either