Phony currency has police warning retailers and the public to be wary of high-denomination bills such as $50 and $100, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.
``On Nov. 10, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP received two separate reports of a male suspect using counterfeit $50 bills at businesses in the Trail area.
The counterfeit bill is shorter than a normal bill, does not contain all of the normal security features, has a distinctive black dash on one corner, bears the serial number LGQ03229158, and will likely have a plastic hologram from a $5 bill taped to it. The RCMP continue to investigate these two incidents.
``The RCMP recommend checking all $50 and $100 monetary denominations for:
- The feeling of raised ink on the numbers and letters on the bill.
- The hologram containing the proper number (50 or 100) indicating the true value of the bill.
The hologram containing a matching picture of the person on the bill.
- $50: William Lyon Mackenzie (Canada's Longest Serving Prime Minister)
- $100: Sir Robert Borden (Canada's eighth Prime Minister)
`` If you are a recipient of a counterfeit bill, please report it to the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP at 250-364-2566.
``Information about Canadian money and security features can be obtained at the Bank of Canada link.