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Wednesday November 13th, 2013

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Leamington OPP have issued a warning about fake $100 bills after more than a thousand dollars worth of counterfeit currency turned up at businesses in Leamington this week.

OPP say they received 11 counterfeit $100 bills over the past two days from various businesses in Leamington.

Many of the bills appear to have been from a special series called the “Canada Journey Series”, issued originally in 2004.

OPP Constable Kevin O’Neil says the bills are passable at first glance but after taking a closer look, many security features are missing:

  • the water mark of Sir Robert Borden, found in the bottom right hand corner, (visible when holding the bill up to light), is missing
  • the raised print of the denomination on the bottom right hand corner and ‘Bank of Canada – Banque Du Canada’ on the left hand side is missing
  • the metallic stripe on the left hand side of the bill looks fake and in a couple of the bills it peeled off
  • the paper does not feel like real Canadian money

OPP say in all cases, someone entered a store in Leamington, made a small purchase, paid with the counterfeit $100 bill and received real currency as change.

Police are looking through security tapes now in an attempt to identify suspects or vehicles.

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