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Salmon Arm RCMP issue warning about counterfeit Canadian currency

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Police are asking businesses and banks to be vigilant after counterfeit $50 and $100 Canadian bills were detected in business bank deposits in Salmon Arm.

The fake bills are easily detected at the point of sale and police are providing several clues to help detect the phoney money.

The clear polymer window on new bills should have the denomination of the bill in the hologram and holographic picture of the face on the bill.

Police are asking people to look at the hologram in the clear plastic window on the bills every time one is accepted for payment.

The fake $50 and $100 bills have the number five on them and not the correct 50 or 100 denomination number, and there may be a slight ridge along the clear plastic window on the bill where the plastic has been spliced together.

The major indicator is the number in that polymer strip, RCMP said.

People are advised to look for the correct number to match the bill as it is rolled in the light.

On Aug. 2, Salmon Arm RCMP attempted to stop a vehicle that fled and was later disabled by a spike belt. The vehicle was stolen and there were counterfeit bills inside. The driver escaped capture and remains unidentified.

Another vehicle fled and is described as a black Dodge or Chrysler Neon, and that driver also remains unidentified.

People can check the Bank of Canada website for additional anti-counterfeit security features on Canadian currency.

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