Beware of counterfeit US $100 and $50 bills

SUDBURY–The Greater Sudbury Police Service has received 6 complaints from businesses who have been victimized by individuals using Counterfeit money in the past few days.

At this time, the counterfeit bills encountered in the area are U. S. $100 denomination though information received from other agencies in Ontario indicates that counterfeit U. S. $50 denomination bills are also being distributed.

All businesses, big or small, are reminded to be extremely vigilant when accepting larger U. S. currency bills. Also keep in mind that businesses are not obligated to accept a large currency bill if they do not feel comfortable with the legitimacy of the money being handed to them.

Anyone who believes they may be in possession of Counterfeit currency is asked to contact the Greater Sudbury Police Service.

These investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with information on the identity of the persons involved in the distribution of the Counterfeit bills is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

The attached link will assist in identifying a legitimate U. S. currency bill as it provides details / features to look for when comparing real and fake bank notes: http://www.secretservice.gov/money_detect.shtml. Businesses should consider keeping a legitimate U. S. bank note on hand (any denomination will do) in order to compare with any other bills they come across.