Langley RCMP are putting out a warning about fake U.S. money, after seeing an increase of the counterfeit bills.
Over the last couple of months, Langley RCMP has seen an increase in U.S. currency being used in the community.
In one of the three most recent instances, an unknown female on Aug.6 used counterfeit U.S. money to pay for a purchase.
On Aug. 7 and 9, four youths paid for goods with counterfeit $100 U.S. notes. Police have seized the notes, identified the youths and informed their parents of their actions, said Cpl. Holly Marks.
Businesses should familiarize themselves with some of the security features of US currency. These features can be found at the following link http://moneyfactory.com/anticounterfeiting/securityfeatures.html
If you suspect you have been offered a counterfeit note during a transaction:
• Politely refuse the note and explain that you suspect that it may be counterfeit.
• Ask for another note (and check it too).
• Advise the person to check the note with the local police.
• Inform your local police of a possible attempt to pass suspected counterfeit money.
Police advise merchants to be courteous. They should remember that the person in possession of the bill could be an innocent victim who does not realize that the note is suspicious.
If you have any questions or would like a staff or personal safety presentation, contact Langley RCMP’s Business Link Co-ordinator at 604-532-3210.