Mounties are warning local merchants to pay close attention during cash transactions after a number of counterfeit U.S. $20 were used at businesses in Chilliwack.
RCMP say the warning follows “a rash of calls” received by police from merchants who reported cash payments made with counterfeit currency.
“In each instance the customer receives change in Canadian currency after paying for a small transaction with a counterfeit United States $20,” said Const. Dave Wheatley of the Chilliwack RCMP.
As officers continue their investigation of the allegations police are releasing the image of a man they believe is responsible for a portion of the transactions.
“Although the transactions have been made along the Yale Road–Vedder Road corridor, police remind all merchants to remain wary when receiving payment in US $20 denominations,” said Cpl. Mike Rail spokesperson for the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment of the RCMP.
Some tips to prevent fraud:
• Politely refuse the note and explain that you suspect that it may be counterfeit;
• Inform your local police of a possible attempt to pass suspected counterfeit money;
• Read more about bank note security features at the Bank of Canada.