Increase in Counterfeit Bills

Strathcona County RCMP would like to warn businesses about the increase in the use of counterfeit money over the past six months.

Since April 2017 there has been eight reports of businesses receiving counterfeit bills during transactions. The counterfeit bills that have been turned into the Strathcona County RCMP have been $20, $50 US and $100 bills.

When dealing with someone who is attempting to pass counterfeit bank notes, cash handlers must ensure their own safety first.

· Be especially careful during busy periods as this is when counterfeit notes are more likely to be passed.

·  Pay particular attention to customers who pay with bank notes of much higher denomination than is needed.

· If possible, keep the suspicious bank note and record all relevant information. (Denomination, serial number, etc.)

· Contact your local police force.

· Record the details about the circumstances and the person(s) who gave the suspect note. (e.g. time, context, physical descriptions, licence plate, vehicles, etc.)

· Give the suspicious bank note to the police and request a receipt. If the note is genuine, it will be returned to you.

· Remember, someone passing a counterfeit bank note may not be aware of it. He or she could be the innocent victim of a crime.

For more information check out www.bankofcanada.ca.

Strathcona County RCMP continues to investigate at this time. Anyone with information on these crimes is encouraged to contact the Strathcona County RCMP at 780-467-7741 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Posted: 2017-08-30