In the murky depths of the internet, where die-hard Donald Trump supporters congregate, a new scam has emerged, preying on their disappointment over the last presidential election. Internet scammers are selling “Trump Bucks,” adorned with images of the former president, and promoting them online as a golden opportunity to propel Trump’s 2024 bid while promising substantial profits for the “real patriots” who support him. However, these Trump Bucks have turned out to be nothing more than worthless pieces of paper, leaving unsuspecting buyers feeling deceived.
One victim, John Amann, shared his experience with NBC News. He revealed that he had spent $2,200 on Trump Bucks and other related items over the past year, only to discover that they held no value when he attempted to cash them in at his local bank. Amann took to Twitter to caution other Trump supporters about falling for this scam, expressing doubts about whether Trump himself was aware of it.
The scam operates by selling pro-Trump merchandise such as coins, checks, and cards, marketing them as novelty items. While the fine print on the websites selling these items states that they are memorabilia, social media and promotional videos employ tactics to deceive an audience convinced of a grand conspiracy surrounding Trump’s removal from office. The scammers behind Patriots Dynasty, Patriots Future, and USA Patriots suggest that buyers will be rewarded when Trump introduces a new monetary system, transforming these products into legal tender worth much more than their purchase price.
The truth behind these deceptive advertisements is that they repurpose unrelated footage to create a false endorsement. For example, a video clip of Elon Musk speaking at a TED event in 2022 is manipulated to give the impression that he is endorsing the Trump certificates.