Convenience stores

Warning against counterfeit $100 bills in LaSalle convenience stores

Windsor, Ont. –

The LaSalle Police Department has received four separate reports of businesses receiving counterfeit Canadian $100 bills and has issued a warning for the public to be vigilant.

According to police, between December 29 and January 11, the fraudulent invoices were used at local convenience stores to make purchases, but recipients did not immediately notice the poorly designed counterfeits.

“In any case, the bills were; not cleanly cut, different sizes, not printed accurately, and missing several key security features,” a police press release read.

When receiving high-value currency, police say you should always inspect it for the following security features:

Canadian $50 and $100 notes share the same security features. These include embossed ink, hidden numbers, frosted maple leaf window, metallic portraits and maple leaf border.

• Embossed Ink – Touch the embossed ink on the large number and the embossed ink on the words “Bank of Canada” and “Bank of Canada”.

• Frosted Leaf – Look at the Frosted Maple Leaf window to see its transparent outline.

• Hidden Numbers – Look at the numbers that correspond to the value of the ticket and the word “Canada” which appears slightly raised.

• Metallic Portrait – Look at the metallic portrait. It must match the largest portrait on the invoice. Tilt it to see it change color and flip it to see it on the other side.

• Maple Leaf Border – Look for the maple leaves that border and cross the large window.

“It’s something we always have to watch out for,” says Terry Yaldo, owner and operator of Midway Convenience. “Some people actually try to withdraw or give us bills that are obviously bad.”

Yaldo is vice-president of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association, saying CTV News fake money is something store owners and employees need to be vigilant of.

“Unfortunately, in smaller companies, this sometimes gets overlooked in training or it’s not refreshed until something happens,” he says.

“It’s more common for US bills to float around here, especially in a border town. This is something we need to be very vigilant about and train our employees on what to look for.

Windsor resident Alan Charbonneau says he recently found a counterfeit US $100 bill saying it felt different.

“I know if you look at it towards the sun, you can see the watermarks,” adds Charbonneau, more often than not the purchases are made with plastic rather than cash. “I take some with me so some places don’t take credit cards.”

For more details on verifying Canadian banknotes, please visit: Bank of Canada – Currency Security Features.

For more details on checking Canadian banknotes, please visit: Bank of Canada – Currency Security Features.

HOW TO HANDLE SUSPICIOUS MONEY

During a transaction

If you suspect you have been offered a counterfeit ticket, assess the situation to ensure that you are not at risk. Then do the following:

• Be courteous. Remember that the person in possession of the ticket could be an innocent victim who does not realize that the ticket is suspicious.

• Politely decline the ticket and explain that you suspect it may be counterfeit.

• Ask for another note (and check that one too).

• Advise the person to check the note with the local police.

• Notify your local police of any attempt to smuggle suspected counterfeit currency.

After a transaction

If you suspect you have received a counterfeit ticket, turn it over to the local police for them to file a report.

• If it’s real, you’ll get it back.

• In all cases, the police must be informed of possible counterfeiting activities in your community. Prompt reporting helps police and prosecutors bring counterfeiters to justice. The use or possession of any counterfeit currency is a criminal offence.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LaSalle Police Department at 519-969-5210, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.