A Bristol man received counterfeit money after posting ad on Craigslist.
Counterfeit money is used more than people think, to buy high priced items in many parts of the state.
Steven Jakobowski said he thought he was doing everything right.
Jakobowski said he met the buyer in a public place and he even had someone with him. But, now, Jakobowski said he's out a lot of money after the transaction went sour.
“I know I'm never going to see that money again,” Jakobowski said. “I'm out $1,000 but I want to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else.”
Jakobowski shared his story with Eyewitness News after he was given fake cash over the weekend. He was selling two iPhones 6s. Jakobowski said he met the buyer in a busy, public parking lot in West Hartford. The buyer even counted the cash in front of him.
Jakobowski said he re-counted the “money” in the car and noticed something wasn't right.
“As I was looking at all the money after, I noticed all the serial numbers were the same and the hundreds were almost identical as well,” Jakobowski said.
Jakobowski said Steven isn't the only one this has happened to. Earlier this summer, a Bristol man was selling his PlayStation and was also given fake bills.
Police told Jakobowski this has been happening more and more.
“It's news to me it's going around lately and he told me there were a lot of going around,” Jakobowski said.
According to police, fake money usually feels different, is thinner and the serial numbers might be the same on all of the bills.
For Jakobowski, he hopes it doesn't happen to anyone else.
“You just have to be a lot more careful,” Jakobowski said. “Examine the bills right there in front of the person, have one of the markers on you I guess.”
It is unclear if this is a different group or the same group that has been doing this, Eyewitness News called police but haven't heard back.
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