“On the Fourth Day of Christmas”…says the RCMP

On the Fourth Day of Christmas Crime Prevention the RCMP Counterfeit Currency Coordinator said to me…. “Checking your bank notes during every transaction protects your money and prevents the circulation of counterfeit currency”

Sgt. Tom Murdock reminds consumers and retailers of the following counterfeit awareness tips:

– Pick two or three security features that you are comfortable with using regularly,
– Remember the TILL method of authenticity:
– Tilt it (see the colour shift on the metallic strip)
– Touch it (feel the raised ink)
– Look through it (check for the ghost image in the centre of the note)
– Look at it (look at the overall appearance of the note)
– If you receive a counterfeit note ask the retailer for another note. Advise them you believe the note in question is counterfeit and it is their responsibility to turn the note over to police
– You are responsible for the bank notes you hold and checking your notes is your best defense against counterfeiting,
– Counterfeit notes are the work of organized crime groups – and profit them directly

The RCMP is committed to protecting the integrity of Canadian bank notes and works closely in partnership with other law enforcement agencies and the Bank of Canada to ensure effective measures are being taken to deter and detect counterfeiters.

Visit the Bank of Canada’s website for more information: www.bankofcanada.ca.

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