Counterfeit scam

  • Friday, September 20, 2013

A local woman hired a contractor to paint her home and when the work was complete, the man demanded to be paid in cash.

The woman then went to the bank, retrieved the cash and paid the man. The man counted the bills in front of her but claimed several of the bills were counterfeit. The woman did not know how that could be since she received the cash from a national bank chain. The painter took the money anyway and left.

However, later that week she received a call from one of the painting subcontractors claiming that two of the bills he received as payment were fakes.

The woman called the bank and explained what was going on. A bank official assured her that there is only a minimal chance that a counterfeit bill could pass through their institution.

Upon hearing this she called a secret service agent here in Charleston who instructed her to make a police report. She told the responding officer that she felt like the painters might be trying to scam her into paying more or that they might possibly be counterfeiting money.

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