Saskatchewan

Sask. RCMP caution against counterfeit vintage cash

Find a $100 bill dating back to the '60s and '70s? In Regina and Moose Jaw, chances are it's a fake, Saskatchewan RCMP warn.

Find a $100 bill dating back to the '60s and '70s? In Regina and Moose Jaw, chances are it's a fake, Saskatchewan RCMP warn.

Police are warning retailersin those citiesto watch out for the phoney bills, which look like the ones the Bank of Canada issued in a series between 1969 and 1979. Such bills are too old to be verified by ultraviolet scanners used by businesses to check for counterfeit bills.

"It's called the Scenes of Canada series, so that's two series ago," Cpl. Jason Kerr,of the RCMP's commercial crime unit in Saskatoon, said of the vintage bills.

"I guess what counterfeiters probably want is that the people that are going to be handling the money probably haven't seen that money either before, or not for a long time."

But even if a bill looks old or unfamiliar, Kerr said, a counterfeit bill should be easy to detect.

"If you spend any time looking at them, then they aren't legitimate," he said. "They don't have the right paper, and, you know, the fine details that are present in all the series of Canadian money aren't there."

Becausea lot of counterfeitbills aremade with home computers and printers, Kerr said, they lack the detail and texture of genuine money.

The Bank of Canada issued the multi-coloured Scenes of Canadabank notesin 1969 due to growing concerns over counterfeiting. The bills were completely different from past versions, introducing multi-coloured tinted wavy patterns, portraits of former prime ministers and a series of Canadian scenic vignettes.

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