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MSP warns con artists passing counterfeit bills at farmers’ markets, roadside stands

CADILLAC, Mich. —  The Michigan State Police (MSP) is aware of a current counterfeit money scam circulating the state, with the Traverse City area being mentioned as a possible next destination area. MSP said the scam consists of persons ordering large amounts of fruit or produce from local farm markets, roadside stands, and u-pick farms, then paying with counterfeit bills. One recent incident included a loss of $1,400 worth of produce from a down state market when the owner realized the cash payment was counterfeit. MSP is encouraging people involved in the sales of local produce to use extra caution when dealing with large orders and cash payments, and to report suspicious activities to their local law enforcement or Michigan State Police.