DENVER - Funny money is being used at neighborhood yard sales. Fake $100 bills are being circulated in the Denver metro area.
Last Friday, a family in Aurora received a fake $100 bill during a garage sale. On Saturday, two men paid a Denver woman with a counterfeit $100 bill at her yard sale.
"Two gentleman came in, bought a pair of little kids soccer cleats and shin guards and then looked in their wallet and said, 'Oh shoot, all I have is a hundred,' and, 'Do you have change?' and I didn't think anything about it," said Denver resident Keavy Fowler. "They bought a little kids pair of soccer cleats and shin guards for $10, so I gave them $90 cash back that was real."
She didn't realize it was a fake until she went to deposit her yard sale money at the bank.
"Wells Fargo said that it was not valid and that it was counterfeit," said Fowler. "I just sat there for a minute and said, 'You're kidding me.'"
She said she was scammed by two men. In the Aurora case, it was just one.
"He was kind of a big, burly biker kind of guy and he seemed really friendly," said Jessica Speck.
Speck's family was selling items to help pay to send their kids to camp.
"Found out somebody had given us a counterfeit hundred dollar bill and that really, kind of, ruined the experience for us," said Speck. "It never occurred to me that someone would be that devious, no."
It's not clear if the man she remembers is one of the men who passed off the fake $100 bill in Denver the next day.
"He said, 'Well, if I buy $20 worth of stuff, will you have change for me?' I said, 'Oh, sure.' So he bought two movies and a bunch of little girl dresses. I thought he had a granddaughter," said Speck.
The $100 bill recently received a makeover with more obvious security features that you can see without holding the currency into a light.
In both cases, the $100 bill used was the older style. It's likely the fake $100 do not have the "USA 100" water mark or the secondary water mark of Benjamin Franklin.
The $100 bill that Fowler received, it appears the $100 bill was cut unevenly. The bottom left of the bill has less room between the images and the bottom of the bill than the right side.
The Secret Service investigates counterfeit money.