Bo­gus bills passed: po­lice

They ap­pear to be ‘train­ing bills’ from China

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By CODy MCeaCH­erN tRuRO DAILY NEWs

Po­lice are ask­ing cashiers and the gen­eral pub­lic to keep an eye out for coun­ter­feit bills that have be­gan cir­cu­lat­ing in the area.

Truro Po­lice Ser­vice posted a warn­ing on their Face­book page Thurs­day about fake $100 bills that have be­gun show­ing up at lo­cal busi­nesses and stores.

“Its un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we’ve had re­ports of it at a few lo­ca­tions,” said Insp. Rob Hearn of Truro po­lice.

“We are ask­ing busi­nesses to ad­vise their em­ploy­ees to dou­blecheck any large bills they re­ceive. Th­ese are eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able as coun­ter­feit from what we have seen, so just make sure to pay a lit­tle bit more at­ten­tion.”

The bills re­sem­ble of­fi­cial Cana­dian $100 bills, but are made out of pa­per in­stead of the poly­mer bills cir­cu­lated here.

The bills also have large blue and white Chi­nese char­ac­ters where the clear band usu­ally sits on Cana­dian bills, mak­ing the fakes eas­ily dis­tin­guish­able.

“They ap­pear to have Chi­nese writ­ing, but what it says we aren’t a hun­dred per cent sure. We’re not cer­tain of the ori­gin of them yet.” said Hearn.

Other sim­i­lar bills have be­gun pop­ping up across the coun­try this year, with re­ports of $20 and $50 bills found in New Brunswick and Saskatchew­an, each with sim­i­lar white and blue Chi­nese char­ac­ters.

Al­though the fake bills have only re­cently shown up in com­mu­ni­ties, talks of sim­i­lar bills popped up on­line in 2011, with coin and bill col­lec­tors tak­ing to fo­rums to dis­cuss fake bills be­ing sold on eBay.

They re­ferred to them as “Chi­nese Prac­tice Notes,” and have traced them to banks in China, where they were used to teach bank tell­ers how to count for­eign cur­rency.

One col­lec­tor on­line was able to get the char­ac­ters on a sim­i­lar Amer­i­can bill trans­lated, which he said reads, ”Train­ing money. Sam­ple. Only for prac­tice, cir­cu­la­tion for­bid­den.”

While the bills men­tioned by col­lec­tors in on­line fo­rums look al­most iden­ti­cal to the fake bills found across Canada, it is not known if they were used for the same pur­pose.

Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing, and ask any­one who finds one of the coun­ter­feit bills, or any other bill they feel is coun­ter­feit to re­port it.

“If some­one is work­ing in a store and finds one of th­ese bills, they should no­tify their boss or se­cu­rity. If some­one finds one or comes in pos­ses­sion of one, please take it and bring it to the po­lice sta­tion,” said Hearn.

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