TERRACE, BC: The Terrace RCMP is warning people to take a close look at their money before accepting any bills, following a series of counterfeit reports…
Police have recently received multiple reports of people attempting to use fake bills, particularly U.S. currency, and in some cases, receiving real money in its place.
“If it’s been awhile since your business had counterfeit training with its staff, now might be a good time to go over some of the important things to look for before accepting bills, especially for higher amounts,” said Terrace RCMP Staff Sergeant Michael Robinson.
” When an employee suspects they have been offered a counterfeit note:
- Politely refuse the bill and explain that you suspect it may be counterfeit
- promptly contact police and make them aware of the possible attempt to pass fake money
“The Bank of Canada has lots of great resources available online to help people become familiar with the security features of both Canadian and U.S. currencies,” said Stf. Sgt. Robinson. “Take a minute to check them out, print them off, and even post them in a visible area of your business where both staff and customers can see them.”
For uncommon bills, such as foreign or older Canadian currencies, don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion on legitimacy. Call a manager or take the bill to the bank for a more official verification.
If someone receives a bill they suspect to be fake, report it; don’t just pass it on to another customer or retailer.
Making, possessing, or offering counterfeit money as though it were real are all offences under the Criminal Code.
For information on security features present on U.S. currency visit:
For training materials available to help retailers visit:
If you have information about crime contact the Terrace RCMP at (250)638-7400 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS, online at http://www.terracecrimestoppers.ca
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