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Florida Girl Scouts scammed after cookie buyers use counterfeit cash

Nearly 50 Girl Scout troops in Brandenton have reported receiving counterfeit bills at their booths at Walmart and Publix.
One or more people have been using fake cash to buy Girl Scout cookies, leaving troops in the Bradenton area out hundreds of dollars, according to news reports. [JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ | CENTRO Tampa]

Some customers apparently crave Girl Scout cookies so badly, they have stooped to the level of paying for them with fake cash.

Nearly 50 Girl Scout troops in Brandenton have reported receiving counterfeit bills at their booths at Walmart and Publix locations around Bradenton, according to Spectrum Bay News 9.

“We are hearing reports of fake of $5 bills to $50 dollar bills,” Kelly McGraw, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida director, told the station.

Related: Oregon man bought Girl Scout cookies with counterfeit bills: police

The unfortunate experience has become a lesson for the girls, who have started to check the bills they receive with counterfeit detection pens.

“First we were sad, then we were mad, now we are smart,” McGraw told Spectrum Bay News 9.

Anyone who wishes to donate to help the girls recover some of their funds can do so at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida website. website.

Read the full story here.

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