PRINCE GEORGE, BC: The Prince George RCMP is investigating several instances of counterfeit Canadian $100 bills being passed in local businesses…
During the afternoon of Thursday, March 15th, 2018, a Prince George business reported having accepted a counterfeit $100 bill for payment. Additional complaints of identical counterfeit bills were also received from other businesses.
Two Caucasian males between the age of 20-30 years entered the businesses, and purchased merchandise and gift cards using these counterfeit bills. The $100 bills may look legitimate at first glance, but are missing several security features. The bills were made using cut out clear windows from genuine $10 bills, the clear tape used to secure the clear window leaves a raised edge which can be easily be felt.
Additionally, the large 100 numbers are not made of raised ink, the Maple leaf window is not transparent, the metallic portrait on the large clear window does not match the portrait on the bill, and there are no raised dots to assist the visually impaired in identifying the denomination.
The Prince George RCMP is reminding business owners and members of the public to be mindful when accepting currency in payment and to check the bills for the security features mentioned above.
The following Bank of Canada web page fully describes these security features with accompanying photographs: https://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/bank-note-series/frontiers/100-polymer-note/
Prince George RCMP are asking anyone with information regarding these counterfeit bills to call them immediately at (250)-561-3300. Or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Crimestoppers pays up to $2000 in cash rewards for information which leads to an arrest and charge.
Written and released by Prince George RCMP and North District RCMP