Scam Alert: Buying ‘Trump Bucks’ Can Cost You Money
With the 2020 U.S. presidential election fast approaching, some people have been tempted to purchase so-called “Trump Bucks” as a way to support their candidate of choice. Unfortunately, according to John Amann, who recently made this mistake, these Trump Bucks are worthless and can cost you money in the long run.
Trump Bucks are counterfeit currency created by a few Colorado-based companies, such as Patriots Dynasty, Patriots Future, and USA Patriots, that use President Donald Trump’s image on their bills in an effort to rally support. However, buying and using these bills as you would actual U.S. currency is dangerously illegal.
John Amann, who lives in New York, tweeted about his misfortune after buying $2,200 worth of Trump Bucks over the past year only to discover they were worthless when he tried to cash them in at his local bank. In his tweet, John urged others not to fall for the same scam.
Bill Halldin, a Bank of America spokesperson, confirmed reports from bank employees across the country of customers coming in to exchange their Trump Bucks for actual cash, but repeatedly turning them down. Not only are Trump Bucks not legal tender, but buying and using them could land you in a lot of trouble. In addition, those who make and sell Trump Bucks face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
It’s important to remember that no matter how much you may want to support your candidate of choice, it is never wise to do so by buying or using counterfeit money. The safest and most effective way to support any candidate in an election is to vote! So if you’re planning to buy Trump Bucks as a way to show your support, think again - it’s not worth the risk.