KELOWNA RCMP on Thursday advised the public of a significant increase in individuals attempting to pass counterfeit Canadian currency at various retail outlets throughout Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country.
There have been 44 documented incidents where numerous denominations of counterfeit Canadian and US currency have been passed since December 1, 2019. Several police investigations remain ongoing at this time as police continue to identify several persons of interest.
“Kelowna RCMP hope to prevent further incidents where these fake bills are accepted by unsuspecting retailers in our community,” said Constable Solana Paré. “We recommend that business owners and operators review their policies and ensure that their employees familiarize themselves with the detection of counterfeit currency.”
What to do if you suspect someone is trying to pass counterfeit currency:
• Explain to the person that gave you the note that you think the bill may be counterfeit and ask for another bill (the person may not be aware of the counterfeit note).
• Advise them that the suspected counterfeit bill should be given to local police for verification.
• Record the details about the circumstances and person (s) who gave the suspect note (time, context, description of suspect and their vehicle)
• Notify police of the attempt to pass a suspected counterfeit bill
If you suspect a counterfeit bill or have information about counterfeiting activity, contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppers.net or at 1-800-222-8477.
For other tips to protect against counterfeit currency, click here.