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Thursday December 5th, 2013

Posted at 11:02am

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Example from the Bank of Canada

A number of fake $100 bills have been used in the Windsor area over the past few weeks, according to Windsor Police.

Police say the bank notes are designed to look like older paper 100’s and the fake bills are easy to spot by examining missing security features.

Real $100 bills contain the following:

  • Metallic Stripe- Tilt the note back and forth. The numbers and maple leaves change colour.
  • Raised Ink – Feel for the thicker ink on the large number, the shoulders of the portrait and the text “BANK OF CANADA – BANQUE DU CANADA”
  • Ghost Image – Hold the bill up to the light and look through it. A small watermark of the portrait appears.
  • Security Thread – Hold the bill up to the light and look through it. The dashes on the back of the note become a solid line.

If you come across a bank note that you believe to be counterfeit, contact police.

Note: Windsor Police originally issued a notice saying that fake $20’s were being spotted in Windsor. They have since issued a correction that says fake $100’s were being spotted — not $20’s.

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