Be Aware – Counterfeit Currency Reported in Region and City

Posted 9 November 2017 by in CrimeBeat

THUNDER BAY – There have been several instances of people passing counterfeit currency, both Canadian and American bills have been found in the region.

The Thunder Bay Police Service have received reports of counterfeit US currency circulating in the city.

The TBPS report that in one such case, on the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 5, officers responded to a complaint of a resident attempting to purchase goods from a business with a suspicious US $20 bill. Upon further investigation officers confirmed the currency was counterfeit.

The investigation also revealed that similar counterfeit bills of various denominations could be circulating in the city. Police have since seized $20 and $50 bills confirmed to be counterfeit.

The Thunder Bay Police Service would like to remind citizens and businesses to be extra diligent when accepting or using US currency. If you come into contact with suspicious bills, please contact the Thunder Bay Police Service at 684-1200.

On November 7, 2017, members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment responded to report of counterfeit currency that had been passed between 6:00 a.m. on November 6,

On November 7, 2017, members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment responded to report of counterfeit currency that had been passed between 6:00 a.m. on November 6, 2017, and 9:30 a.m. November 7,

The currency involved in the Blind River case is the $100 Canadian denomination. One bill has been used to defraud this business in the Blind River area. It is unknown at this time what the suspect(s) specifically purchased.

Local retailers and the general public are reminded to be alert and to carefully inspect all currency to verify that it is authentic. For further instruction regarding counterfeit prevention, the “bank note” section of www.bankofcanada.ca  offers valuable information.

Feel, Look and Flip

Feel the smooth, unique texture of the note. It’s made from a single piece of polymer with some transparent areas.

Feel the raised ink on the large number, the shoulders of the large portrait, and the “Bank of Canada” text.

Look for transparency through the large window and the outline of the frosted maple leaf window.

Look at the details in the metallic portrait and building in the large window.

Flip the note to see the metallic portrait and building repeated in the same colours and detail on the other side of the large window

Anyone with relevant information about this fraud is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310 1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), submit an e-tip from the Crime Stoppers website at www.saultcrimestoppers.com or sent a text to keyword SSM to the short code number 2747637.