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Counterfeit U.S. cash circulating in HRM

Halifax Regional Police have received multiple reports of counterfeit $100 American bills being used at local businesses since August
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Halifax Regional Police have received multiple reports of counterfeit $100 American bills being used at local businesses since August.

Most of the reports have been from the Dartmouth area.

Police say, if you suspect a bill is counterfeit, you don't have to accept it.

They say the best way to avoid becoming a victim is to check the security features on the bank notes.

Advanced security features on Canadian polymer bank notes can be found on the front and back of the bills: 

  • raised ink on the front 
  • large window containing metallic symbols and images 
  • maple leaf border around the large window 
  • frosted maple leaf window 

American Currency has security features including: 

  • background colours and large, borderless portrait images 
  • unique paper made of cotton and linen with randomly distributed red and blue fibers 
  • off-centre portraits without a frame 
  • watermark 
  • colour shifting ink on some notes 
  • security thread 
  • 3-D security ribbon on some notes 
  • serial numbers that correspond with a specific year

More information on checking Canadian currency and American currency can be found on the Bank of Canada’s website.

Anyone who suspects they've received a counterfeit bill, or believes someone tried to give them a fake bank note is asked to contact police at 902-490-5020.


Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana & lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the community editor for HalifaxToday.ca.
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