FUNNY MONEY: “Construction Worker” With Fake $100s Strikes In Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village

A flurry of fake $100 bills has been popping up in small retail shops across the area and one man with a distinctive sense of fashion has struck at least five times.

Multiple victims have described him as a black man who wears a hard hat and yellow construction vest.

His most recent appearance came at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon at a liquor store near Southport and Belmont. A witness reported that the man fled in a red Ford pickup truck.

Around 11:30AM on June 11, he donned the helmet and vest to pass a bogus Benjamin at the Milk & More convenience store across from Trader Joe’s on Diversey. After that incident, the man was further described as taller with a big build.

Back in April, the same man targeted a mom and pop flower shop in the 2700 block of Halsted, police say.

The next afternon, he hit two small shops in the 2000 block of Roscoe.

Related or not?

Around 6 o’clock last night, a couple tried to pass two fake $100 bills at a Starbucks and again at a nearby establishment. The duo is described as a black man in his 20’s wearing a blue t-shirt and blue jeans in the accompaniment of a black female in her 20’s.

It is not known if last night’s incident is related to the construction scammer.

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