The Secret Service is warning about fake $100 bills as the holiday season gets into full swing.
South Philadelphia 7-Eleven store owner Vincent Emmanuel said it's like the Grinch that has struck his shop time and time again.
"These bills look so good, it's even better than the real ones," said Emmanuel.WPV
Over the last few days, Emmanuel's store got burned by schemers who used several thousand dollars of fake bills to buy pre-paid Visa and MasterCards.
"And the clerk behind the counter is always busy. By the time the person realizes that it's a fake bill, the person is out the door," said Emmanuel.
And he is not alone.
Authorities report that a number of businesses have been hit by the bogus $100 bills and other counterfeit money, as well.