The Lloydminster RCMP are investigating several instances of counterfeit currency use reported by businesses in the city.
The suspect is the same in every instance and is described as:
- Caucasian 25-30 year old male
- 5’8-5’10″ with a slender build
The suspect is using multiple denominations of Canadian currency, police say.
RCMP would like to remind the public of the following security features in all current Canadian notes.
- Raised ink on the large number
- Raised ink on “Bank of Canada” and “Banque du Canada”
- Check the holographic strip on the note: the numbers should match the bill’s value, and the word “Canada” feels lightly raised
If you suspect that you’re being offered a counterfeit note, assess the situation to ensure that you are not at risk.
Then, do the following:
- Politely refuse the note and explain that you suspect that it may be counterfeit.
- Ask for another note (and check it too).
- Advise the person to check the note with the local police.
- Inform your local police of a possible attempt to pass suspected counterfeit money.
- Be courteous. Remember that the person in possession of the bill could be an innocent victim who does not realize that the note is suspicious.
“If you suspect that you’ve received a counterfeit note, please contact the RCMP right away,” says Const. Michael Hagel of the Lloydminster RCMP Detachment.
“Try to avoid handling it any further, as there is a potential to get forensic evidence from the note.”
The Lloydminster RCMP is looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect.
Please contact Lloydminster RCMP at 780-808-8400 or your local police if you have any information.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.