GREENVILLE, S.C. – Fake money is causing real pains for a Greenville family.
After several good years with her black Surburban, Holly Bolling and her husband decided on selling it to buyers they found on Craigslist.
“We just met a nice young couple with a baby. Nothing seemed off, we introduced ourselves, they looked at our car,” said Bolling.
The exchange happened in the Belk parking lot at Haywood Mall – a public, well-lit area. Bolling says the female counted 45, $100 bills, and they recounted it for confirmation before signing over the title.
“It truly looked real. Brand new bills. Brand new, crisp, like it had just come from the bank,” said Bolling.
When the Bollings took the $4,500 to their bank the next day, the teller told them the cash was fake.
“We work hard. Our kids work hard. We thought we were doing it in a safe way. Apparently we were not,” said Bolling.
Greenville Police has since reported the vehicle stolen, and flagged the title via the National Crime Information Center.
“When it comes to counterfeit money the most frequent one is pretty much you get like a 20 dollar bill,” said Greenville Police Department Public Information Officer Gilberto Franco. He says it’s important to make sure each bill has a specific serial number. In this case, the Bollings missed that. “Several bills appeared to have the same serial number,” said Franco. “That’s a big indication.” He also says never sign over a title until the payment is confirmed, and try getting a copy of the person’s driver’s license. The Secret Service website also has information on how to make sure bills are real.
The Bollings say looking back, there really were some things about that couple with the baby didn’t add up. “Go with your gut, if your gut tells you something’s wrong, believe it and walk away,” she said.
The counterfeit money will be turned over to the Secret Service for investigation. Police are working to gather surveillance video and find that black Chevy suburban. The South Carolina vehicle tag number is CBI 743.
The woman was described as a white female, thin build, with shoulder length red hair. The man is described as a white male, thin build with multiple tattoos on his arms and legs. Contact police with any information.