Counterfeit $100 bills circulating in the Greater Montréal Area



    OTTAWA, Sept. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Bank of Canada, the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police, the Sûreté du Québec, and the Service de Police de la Ville de
Montréal are warning the public that counterfeit $100 notes of the latest bank
note series (the series that features a metallic stripe) are circulating in
the Greater Montréal Area.
    "Cash handlers and the public can easily detect these bogus bills by
verifying the security features found on bank notes," said Gerry Gaetz, Chief
of Banking Operations at the Bank of Canada. "This recent increase in
counterfeit $100 bills serves as a reminder to stay vigilant."
    Prevention and detection are essential in the fight against
counterfeiting. Police are encouraging consumers, cash handlers, and retailers
to familiarize themselves with the security features on bank notes to protect
themselves and keep counterfeits out of circulation.
    Possession of counterfeit notes is a criminal offence. Citizens are asked
to contact their local police service or the office of the regional
coordinator of the RCMP Counterfeit Program at 514 939-8319 to share any
information that they might have.
    To learn more about bank note verification, please see the attached Quick
Tips. The Bank of Canada provides free training materials on counterfeit
detection and is currently setting up information kiosks in the Greater
Montréal Area. For more information, please call 1 888 513-8212.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Jeremy Harrison, Bank of Canada, (613)
782-8782, www.bankofcanada.ca/en/banknotes


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