southern maryland news

Nationwide, businesses are experiencing an increase in individuals attempting to pass counterfeit $100 bills. Local jurisdictions, including the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, are investigating several cases where multiple individuals have used, or attempted to use, fraudulent $100 bills.

The public should be on the lookout for counterfeit money being used within the community. The fake money looks very similar to real currency but has the phrase “For Cinematic use ONLY” on the back and “For Motion Picture Use ONLY’ on the front.

Local businesses and residents are urged to inspect any bills they receive. If you believe you have counterfeit money, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-8008.  A sample image of the counterfeit bills, as described above, is attached for your reference.