Lloydminster RCMP members have investigated eleven instances of counterfeit money since the start of January.
The RCMP want to remind the public of security features on every banknote issued by the Bank of Canada. They advise you to feel the raised ink on the larger number of the note, and on the ink saying “Banque du Canada” and “Bank of Canada”. You can also look at the frosted maple leaf window to find a transparent outline. Numbers that match the note’s value and the word “Canada” should also feel raised.
When checking the metallic portrait, it should match the larger portrait. Tilting it should make it change colour. You can also flip the note to see it on the other side; maple leaves should be bordering and crossing into the large window on the note. If you think you’ve been offered counterfeit money, make sure you’re not at risk. Then, politely refuse the note and explain that you think that it may be counterfeit.
Ask for another note, and check it too. Advise the person to check the note with the local police. Tell your local police about a possible attempt to pass counterfeit money. Also, be courteous; the person holding the bill could be an innocent victim who does not realize the note is suspicious. If you suspect the note is counterfeit after a transaction, contact your local detachment. Constable Michael Hagel of the Lloydminster RCMP Detachment emphasizes that counterfeit money leaves a big cost.
“It’s important that the police are made aware of all instances of counterfeiting money within the community. The financial loss from a counterfeit note can be significant for individuals and businesses alike,” says Hagel.
Mounties are asking for the public’s help with any information in relation to these incidences, or identifying those responsible. Please contact Lloydminster RCMP at (780) 808-8400 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).