Windsor police find $10,000 in phony U.S. cash
Despite poor quality, fake money can get through during holiday season, investigators say
The $50 bills aren't particularly realistic and the $100 bills are even worse, but shoddy counterfeit U.S banknotes circulating in Windsor have been good enough to fool some retailers.
After discovering a shopping bag stuffed with $10,000 in fake U.S. currency in the city's east end Monday, police warned the public about the likelihood of people trying to pass off phony money during the busy holiday season.
The bag of $100 bills sat in an alleyway in the city's east-end neighbourhood of Walkerville when it was spotted and reported to police. If passable, someone could have injected $10,000 of counterfeit cash into the community.
But these fakes aren't exactly sophisticated, according to police. The poor reproductions, complete with odd yellow markings, make them look "cartoon-like," explained Const. Rob Durling.
"It's not even close," he said.
This wasn't the first incident of counterfeit money Durling's unit has dealt with this holiday season. Several residents reported seeing people with counterfeit money recently, including those with slightly more convincing $50 bills.
Fakes can get through during holidays
But counterfeits are par for the course during the holiday season.
Fake cash tends to show up with the advent of Christmas, explained Durling, particularly because of the accompanying chaos at busy shopping centres. When salespeople are under pressure, they may not have the time to look at a bill closely.
"Counterfeiters and criminals at large, they realize that," Durling said. "They know they can easily pass one of these and if the cashier's, you know, not paying attention, etc., it's going to get through."
Police say they are unsure whether the counterfeits have come from Canada or the U.S., but all fakes dealt with by Durling's team are in U.S. currency.
Anyone with information to contact them at 519-255-6700 ext. 4330, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS).