RCMP issue warning to business owners following string of counterfeit US currency files
Fraser Lake, Prince George, B.C. North District, Vanderhoof
2021-04-12 08:01 PDT
RCMP in the northern part of the province are issuing a warning to business owners to be vigilant when it comes to accepting US currency, following four separate incidents in as many days.
On April 5, front line officers from the Prince George RCMP were called to a gas station in the 1100-block of Pacific Street, for a report that one man had come to the store on three separate occasions to purchase $100 Visa gift cards. He paid for the cards using $50 US bills, upon closer inspection it was determined at least three of the six bills had the same serial number. A man has since been identified and arrested, however he has not yet been charged as the investigation is continuing. (Prince George RCMP file 2021-11377)
On April 6, in Vanderhoof, a man was arrested on an unrelated warrant and found to be in possession of counterfeit US $20 bills. The man has not been charged for possession of the counterfeit currency and the investigation is continuing. (Vanderhoof RCMP file 2021-992)
On April 7, in Vanderhoof, front line RCMP officers received a report from an employee at a local coffee shop, where a counterfeit $50 US had been discovered. The suspect was described as wearing a bandana and getting into a long-haul truck prior to driving away. (Vanderhoof file 2021-972)
On April 8, front line RCMP officers in Fraser Lake were called to investigate at a gas station, where a man allegedly used two $50 US bills to pay for his transaction and then departed in a
big green truck. (Fraser Lake RCMP file 2021-327)
While one person has been arrested, we don’t yet know how much of the counterfeit US currency that remains in circulation. We are asking business owners to review the tips below, offered by the US government on how to recognise counterfeit currency, states S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet of the BC RCMP.
Tips to recognise counterfeit currency:
- Feel The Paper - Move your finger across the note. It should feel slightly rough to the touch because of the printing process and the unique composition of the paper.
- Tilt The Note -Tilt the note to see the ink in the numbers on the lower right corner change color. On the current style of notes, the color should change from copper to green
- Check with Light - Hold the note to light to check that the watermark and security thread are visible from the front and back of the note.
Visit uscurrency.gov for more information and training resources on authenticating current and older styles of U.S. currency.
Although we are asking business owners to review these tips with employees, these tips can be equally valuable to those selling items through online marketplaces, when dealing with individuals who wish to pay using US cash, continues S/Sgt. Shoihet.
Anyone who has information about these incidents, is asked to report to the police in their jurisdiction.
S/Sgt. Janelle ShoihetSenior Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop #1608
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