Pretend cash rip-off focusing on U-pick, farmers markets in Michigan, police say

CADILLAC, MI – The Traverse City area has been identified as a target of fraud / counterfeit money fraud circulating in Michigan.

According to the Michigan State Police, the scam consists of people ordering large quantities of fruit or products from local farmers markets, street stalls, and U-Pick farms and then paying with fake bills.

A recent incident involved a loss of $ 1,400 worth of products from a state store when the owner discovered the cash payment was fake, the MSP said.

The MSP encourage everyone involved in the sale of local products to be careful when handling large orders and cash payments, and to report suspicious activity to the local police force or a local Michigan State Police department.