The Atlantic’s June 2019 issue recently reported on the growing problem of movie prop money being passed as genuine currency everywhere from fast food restaurants to illegal drug deals.
In the article, “Movie-Prop Cash Is Fooling Cashiers,” Rene Chun reports:
According to police officials I spoke with, cheap counterfeit bills began proliferating on Amazon and eBay around 2015. Today, one can easily order 100 C-notes for $10. In a story published in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Argus Leader in March, a local Secret Service agent, Randy Walker, said prop money is the most popular type of counterfeit bill currently in circulation. “People don’t have to make anything,” he explained.
DriMark is keeping pace with counterfeiters with counterfeit detection products for every transaction in any setting.
For stores and restaurants with a cash register and a bit of counter space, the Flash Test™ provides three quick, quiet tests for genuine currency: the ink test, the watermark test, and the UV test. Smaller than a smartphone, it is made to fit right next to your register.
In fast-paced environments without counter space, the Dual Detector Pen provides two fast, hand-held tests. Perfect for garage sales, fundraisers, farmers’ markets, and more the Dual Detector utilizes the trusted and familiar bill detector marker technology as well as a handy UV light that tests for fake currency by illuminating the presence (or absence) of the UV strip on all genuine US currency $5 and over.
The UV Pro is the super-compact detection device that detects UV features on drivers licenses, passports, credit cards, travelers checks, and most paper currencies, including the US Dollar, Euro, British Pound, Japanese Yen, Swiss Franc, Chinese Yuan, and Hong Kong Dollar. It is the pocket solution for festivals, clubs, no-counter space selling environments, and dimly-lit situations.