Counterfeiting a big problem in Charlotte, police say

Counterfeiting a big problem in Charlotte, police say

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on December 21, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 3:27 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Making money out of thin air is against the law, but Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say more people are turning to counterfeiting.

"I'm mad about it, but I can only be mad at myself because I let it happen," said a Victim who did not want to be identified.

He sold a TV and Playstation and ended up with funny money instead of $520, "I got home pulled the money out started counting it for myself and it felt funny."

Sergeant Walter Bowling with the CMPD Fraud Unit says counterfeiting has been a growing problem for about a year and many of the suspects are just 17 and 18-years-old.

"They think it's just play money, they think they are playing Monopoly or something, it's a serious charge. We can charge in state or federal court," said Bowling.

Our victim listed his items for sale on Craigslist, an hour later he met a buyer at a Brookshire Boulevard gas station.

Police say that a lot of counterfeiters look for victims on Craigslist. Bowling says sellers should always assume the money is counterfeit, examine it right in front of the seller and check serial numbers; if the numbers are all the same on the bills they are fake.

"It's difficult to make good counterfeit money, so you should be able to feel it," Sgt. Bowling said.

The victim hopes that others wont repeat his mistake, "I'd like for the guy to be caught because if somebody was trying to sell something to pay their rent or pay a bill, I don't want that person to suffer."  
 

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