The bills are very similar to the real thing, but the way to tell the bills are not real is the absence of the word “dollar” anywhere on the fake bills.

The holidays are for celebrations and Thanksgiving. The last thing people want to think about is receiving worthless money.

“Check your bills closely,” says DeFuniak Springs Police Chief Mark Weeks, when receiving cash.

According to a news release, DeFuniak Springs Police have received reports of “funny money,” the type used in movies which is also called “Prop Money.” The bills are very similar to the real thing, but the way to tell the bills are not real is the absence of the word “dollar” anywhere on the fake bills.

The bills also have “For Motion Picture Use Only” and “For Cinematic Use Only” on the front and back.

“This is designed for television production and the movies, not for distribution to anyone," Weeks said. "It looks real, but it lacks the security features of genuine currency."

If in doubt, look carefully and use a counterfeit detector pen or other device. Additionally, other fake bills are being circulated that are copies of legitimate bills. They lack the security features and the paper doesn’t feel right.

DeFuniak Springs Police said their goal is to get this information out to the public in order to protect citizens and businesses.

If you suspect you have received a fake bill, please call the DeFuniak Springs Police at 850-892-8511 or your local law enforcement agency for assistance.