The Financial Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division is warning the public and especially business owners of the continued presence of counterfeit American bills in our area.
Since September 10, there have been several reported cases where someone paid for a purchase with counterfeit American $50 bills. Businesses all over the region have been targeted and several thousand dollars worth of counterfeit bills have been used. Investigators are working on these incidents, which they believe are connected.
Investigators are releasing the serial numbers of the counterfeited $50 bills that have been retrieved so far. When accepting American $50 bills, investigators are asking business owners to take extra care in ensuring that the bills are not counterfeit and that they don’t bear the following serial numbers:
Anyone with information about these incidents and potential suspects is asked to call police at 902-490-5016. The Financial Crime Unit reminds business owners of the importance of taking a close look at all cash before accepting it as tender. Police should be contacted at 902-490-5020 immediately if store keepers come into possession of a bill they believe is counterfeit, or if someone attempts to use a bill that appears counterfeit. Visit http://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/counterfeit-prevention/ (Canadian currency) and http://www.secretservice.gov/know_your_money.shtml (American currency) for more information about bank note security features and how to prevent fraud.