Con artists are reportedly targeting Trump supporters by peddling “Trump Bucks,” telling people that the fake tender emblazoned with images of Donald Trump will make them rich after the former president is elected again in 2024.
One of those targeted is John Amann, who tweeted out a warning in February, telling others that the fake cash has no real monetary value.
“Alert if you purchased any of the TRB SYSTEMS ITEMS, YOU GOT SCAMMED,” Amann. tweeted. “THE TRB VOUCHERS, DJT GOLDEN CHECKS, DJT DIAMOND CHECKS, TRB GOLDEN CHECKS have no monetary values they are COMMEMORATIVE ONLY.”
Speaking to NBC News, Amann said he bought $2,200-worth of Trump Bucks and other items this year only to find they were worthless when he tried to cash them in at his local bank. Now he wants to warn other Trump supporters not to fall for the scam.
“Now I’m questioning whether he is aware of this,” Amann said of Trump.
The Colorado-based companies Patriots Dynasty, Patriots Future and USA Patriots are the ones behind the fake tender, and according to NBC News, they’ve disseminated hundreds of misleading ads for the products, some of which strongly suggest that Trump himself backs them. As NBC News points out, there’s no evidence that Trump is linked to the products.
The Better Business Bureau has given the companies an F rating, and the 33 complaints on the BBB site slam the company over its business practices.
Bank of America spokesperson Bill Halldin confirmed to NBC News there were reports of customers coming into the bank to exchange the fake tender for cash.
Advertisements for the items are featured on Telegram and YouTube. One video warns “Trump Bucks are not legal tender” before suggesting the membership cards “are official cards issued by Donald Trump.” The video includes narration with a voice that sounds like Trump but is obviously an impersonation.
“Now I realize, well, that was stupid,” an Alabama woman said, adding she bought the items “because I believed President Trump, because he knows all about finance, and he was going to help the real Trump patriots get rich.”