11-year-old boy scammed after man uses counterfeit $100 bill at lemonade stand, police say

Police in Washington are asking the public for help identifying a man they say used a counterfeit $100 bill to buy a drink from a child’s lemonade stand, leaving the boy profitless.

The Everett Police Department reported that, over the summer, an 11-year-old boy named Jeremy spent his allowance money to set up a lemonade stand outside his home in the city’s Puget Sound region, about 25 miles north of Seattle.

“As he worked in the sun trying to earn a little extra spending money, he was approached by the pictured suspect, who offered him a 100-dollar bill for a drink but asked for exact change,” police said in a statement released Thursday which included a photo of the unidentified person.

The boy, police said, used his allowance money to give the man $85 in change.

When the man left, police said, the boy went to a local gas station where he learned the $100 bill was fake and he was out all of his allowance money.

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Police told USA TODAY the man had not been identified as of Friday morning.

Anyone who recognizes the individual or with information about the case is asked to contact Everett police.

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