Nanaimo Mounties see increase in counterfeit bills
2019-06-25 13:22 PDT
File # 2019-20942
The Nanaimo RCMP wishes to advise the public of a significant increase in individuals attempting to pass counterfeit Canadian currency at various retail outlets throughout Nanaimo. There have been dozens of documented incidents, beginning on May 21st, with the last reported incident occurring on June 24th. The incidents involve upwards of 4-5 suspects, with one being female. In a majority of incidents reported, $100 bills that were seized have the identical serial number on each bill-EJS8511162.
On June 4th an adult female successfully passed a Canadian $100 bill at the Rexall Pharmacy located on Bowen Road. Staff later determined the bill was fake. The next day a male attempted to do the same and was refused service. In both incidents, the bills had the same serial number. The male involved is described as white, unkempt, 25-35 years of age and with brown hair shaved on the sides. He was wearing a t-shirt that read Believe the Hype, cargo pants and skater shoes. This same male is believed to be responsible for a June 4th incident at Wendy's in the Rocky City Plaza, where a fake $100 Canadian bill was presented. In that case the bill was seized by staff.
We know from previous experience that the people attempting to pass the bills are most likely not the ones reproducing them and are often being lured into with the promise of some discounted real money or drugs. Many of the investigations are continuing and investigators are confident that the they will be able to determine who is responsible for producing the counterfeits, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
A common practice in passing counterfeit money is the individual usually purchases a small dollar value item thereby maximizing the amount of real money being obtained.
If you are passed a bill that you think is fake, do not accept it and politely refuse the note, then explain that you suspect that it may be counterfeit. Ask for another note and advise the person to check the note with the local police. Lastly, inform your local police and forward the bill to them.
Here's how you can spot counterfeit bills before they end up in your till:
- Feel the note. Canadian and U.S. currency has raised ink at different points one each note. If you run your fingernail over the shoulders of the portrait on the bill you should feel that ink.
- Look at the note: Genuine bills have a finish that doesn't scrape off and colours that don't run when they get wet. The holographic strip should be embedded in the note, not a sticker that can peel off.
- Flip the note: The
windowon each note should have the same colours and details on both sides. It should also have a metallic portrait that mirrors the large face on the bill and changes colour when it's tilted. The windows also have small numbers that match the value of the note.
Lastly, when looking at older $100 bills the foil strip should include those same small numbers and a maple leaf that changes colour when tilted. If you know of anyone involved in counterfeit bills, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com or call 1-800-222-8477.
Cst. Gary O'BrienMedia Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
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