Couple Loses Hundreds In Movie Money Scam

Posted at 9:53 PM, Sep 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-20 23:10:27-04

A Lebanon couple sent out a warning to watch for a Craigslist scam involving movie money that cost them hundreds.

Andrew Craig and his fiancee, Britta Harper, planned to sell their iPad to a man who identified himself as Eric. The man replied to the couple’s ad within an hour and both parties agreed to meet at the Mount Juliet Best Buy.

“It was exactly how a conversation would go with someone off Craigslist,” Craig said.

Yet, when Craig handed over the IPad, the buyer handed him an envelope with three $100 bills inside. Instantly, he said knew something wasn’t right.

“It just didn’t feel right,” Craig said. “The blue stripe on the bill looked off and it felt just a little thicker than actual cash.”

After a few minutes of looking over the bills, Andrew spotted the words “for motion picture use only” in font identical to what you’d see on a real bill – movie money anyone can purchase online.

“I drove around looking for him and called the police to let them know where I was and what happened,” he said.

Craig described the car the thief drove as a dark colored Nissan with a dent in the hood.

For his fiancée, Britta Harper, the scam ment her family lost $300 they planned to spend on costumes for her son’s first time trick-or-treating. She hoped the person responsible would reconsider scamming others in the future.

“People without a conscience, there's only three ways they can end up - jail, institutions, or dead,” Harper said. “If you don't have a conscience, you're not going to get very far.”

The Mount Juliet Police Department said this was an ongoing investigation.