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Counterfeit Currency(Fake bills) being passed in Fort St John FJ RCMP PSA

Fort St John

2020-02-12 14:38 PST

File # PSA – Counterfeit Currency

The Fort St John RCMP has received numerous complaints of counterfeit money being used in the community over the last 3 weeks. A suspect was charged for uttering counterfeit money in relation to some of these complaints. Several other suspects have been identified and the RCMP are forwarding charge recommendations to the courts.

The counterfeit money being used is made of paper with some parts of polymer from real money glued on to the bill which causes them to look and feel different than real currency.

See larger photo of Canadian polymer currency

There are some simple checks a person can do to see if a bill is counterfeit or not:

  • The new Bank of Canada notes are made of polymer which should feel like a smooth plastic on the fingers. The counterfeit money currently being used in Fort St John is made of paper and is not as smooth;
  • The semi-transparent polymer features on the Bank of Canada notes are marked with the numerical value of the note, for example a $5 note will have the number five marked on the semi-transparent feature. The counterfeit money currently being used in Fort St John has, for example, the semi-transparent portion of a $5 bill on a $100 counterfeit note.

The Fort St John RCMP is asking that when suspects try to pass counterfeit bills to local businesses that the business keep the bills and call the police immediately.  Officers will seize the counterfeit money as evidence.

For additional information, please consult the Bank of Canada website which has great information in relation to counterfeit money.

The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who may have information about the counterfeit currency to contact police.  If you have information about this incident or can assist in identifying possible suspects, you are asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at

On behalf of Corporal Phil Charron, Fort St John RCMP.

Released by

Cst. Chad Neustaeter
Media Relations Officer
Fort St John RCMP

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