Early Tuesday morning, Norfolk OPP investigated a counterfeit currency complaint at a Queensway West, Simcoe, address.
Two individuals attended the business and one of the suspects tendered a $100 Canadian bank note for payment. It was discovered the note was in fact fraudulent and police were contacted.
The OPP is reviewing video surveillance in order to identify those responsible.
All business owner and retailers are being urged to be alert and aware when accepting large denominations. Here are a few tips to help spot counterfeit bills:
Feel the note. All Canadian and US currency is produced with raised ink on the shoulders of the portrait and elsewhere on the note. Run your fingernail over the shoulders of the portrait and you’ll feel the raised ink on a genuine note.
Look at the note. The finish on a genuine note does not scrape off and the colour does not run when it gets wet. The holographic foil strip is embedded in the note, not added as a sticker, and does not peel off.
Flip the note to see the features in the large window repeated in the same colours and detail on the other side. The transparent window contains a metallic portrait that matches the larger one on the face of the note and changes colour when tilted. The transparent window also contains small numbers that match the value of the note. The dollar value is hidden in the frosted maple leaf in the corner.
On older notes, the holographic strip contains maple leaves that change colour when the note is tilted. This strip also contains small numbers that match the value of the note.
If you suspect a bank note is counterfeit, politely refuse to accept it. Inform the person to check the note with their bank, and contact police in order to report a possible attempt to pass suspected counterfeit money.
For further information on counterfeit prevention, please visit the Bank of Canada at
Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.