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A recent article was published locally about cases across the region involving counterfeit Canadian and U.S. $20, $50, and $100 bank notes. While the article states that the most common counterfeit bills being passed are the $20 note, members of the Financial Crimes Unit of the London Police Service have identified that there has also been a recent increase in the use of a certain type of $50 and $100 counterfeit note in the City of London.
The counterfeit bank notes seen recently in London mimic those in circulation from 1969 -1979. These counterfeit bank notes are from the "Scenes of Canada" series. Merchants can go to the Bank of Canada website to obtain more information about which counterfeit bank notes are being circulated. Additionally, the pictures included in this release also depict what London businesses may expect.
These specific counterfeit bank notes are described as follows:
- NOT polymer - $100 bank notes (primarily) - $50 bank notes - 1969 -1979 "Scenes of Canada" series
While the style of Canadian currency depicted from the “Scenes of Canada” series are valid bank notes, these bills are currently out of circulation. As such, retailers should be highly suspicious of any individual who presents these style of bills for payment of a retail purchase.
We are encouraging all businesses to review policies with regards to the acceptance of large bills. Please remain diligent in identifying any counterfeit monies. For further information, visit the Bank of Canada website.
Anyone with information in relation to these incidents is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in on-line anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com.
Constable Sandasha Bough Media Officer London Police Service 519-661-5410