Amherst Po­lice urg­ing vig­i­lance amid coun­ter­feit bills

Three U.S. $20 bill passed at busi­nesses in town


Amherst Po­lice are warn­ing peo­ple of the pres­ence of coun­ter­feit U.S. $20 bills in the Amherst area.

In a press re­lease, po­lice say sev­eral bills have been passed at var­i­ous busi­nesses in Amherst.

The bills have the se­rial num­ber JB44CYHNP and the N is printed back­wards.

Po­lice are urg­ing res­i­dents and busi­nesses to check any U.S. dol­lar bills they have – es­pe­cially $20 de­nom­i­na­tions.

“We’ve had prob­a­bly three in this area and there have been sev­eral re­ports from Truro and other areas of At­lantic Canada,” the depart­ment’s crime preven­tion of­fi­cer, Const. Tom Wood, said. “We want to make peo­ple aware of their pres­ence and the need to be care­ful when ac­cept­ing cash. If they see an Amer­i­can $20 bill they should be aware of them be­cause they’re prob­a­bly not fa­mil­iar with them.”

Wood would not say where the bills were passed in Amherst but con­firmed they were at sev­eral busi­nesses. While three were con­firmed to be coun­ter­feit, Wood ex­pects there are prob­a­bly more out there.

U.S. bills have sev­eral se­cu­rity fea­tures in­clud­ing a thread that runs ver­ti­cally to the left side of the por­trait (which can only be viewed when hold­ing the bank note in the light). The thread is im­printed with the words “USA TWENTY.”

There is also a wa­ter­mark of for­mer U.S. pres­i­dent An­drew Jack­son in the blank space to the right side of the por­trait and the coloured nu­meral 20 in the lower right cor­ner should shift from cop­per to green.

Older bank notes have dif­fer­ent se­cu­rity fea­tures.

Po­lice say res­i­dents should feel the bank note, as usu­ally the pa­per it is printed on will not feel right if it is coun­ter­feit.

“Trust your in­stincts and if the bill doesn’t feel gen­uine, don’t ac­cept it,” Wood said. “If you feel it is coun­ter­feit, then po­litely refuse the note and ad­vise the per­son to check the note with the po­lice.”

Wood said it’s a crim­i­nal of­fence to pro­duce or pass coun­ter­feit bank notes.

If some­one has given you, or at­tempted to give you, a coun­ter­feit bill, call the po­lice depart­ment at 902-667-8600.

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