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Counterfeit $100 Bills Being Circulated

Web posted on February 19, 2020

The Guelph Police Service has noticed a recent increase in the number of counterfeit $100 bills circulating in the City of Guelph. Since the beginning of February 2020, there have been 15 reported incidents of suspected counterfeit currency being passed in Guelph. There is currently concern that more businesses might unknowingly be in possession of other counterfeit bills if they have not yet tried to deposit them in a bank. Employees, owners of businesses and members of the public should take extra care in verifying that the bills being presented have the proper security features.

Please go to the Bank of Canada website and review the security features for the Frontier Series $100 bill (https://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/bank-note-series/frontiers/100-polymer-note/).

The Guelph Police Service would like to remind everyone to be vigilant in inspecting the current bills they possess and all bills they receive in the future. To spot fake bills, the Bank of Canada suggests the "touch and tilt" method. Touch the bills to feel for a raised surface, and then tilt it side to side to see if the security features are engaging. A transparent window will contain those important features.


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