Counterfeit American currency is making the rounds in Winnipeg, police warn.
The $20 and $50 have become the target of counterfeiters, prompting police to ask consumers and merchants to be vigilant when handled U.S. denominations.
Merchants are under no obligation to accept notes they believe are counterfeit.
If a suspected counterfeit note is tendered to you:
- Under no circumstance should you take actions that may jeopardize your safety or that of others.
- Inspect it closely and compare it to a known authentic bill if possible.
- If safe to do so, retain the bill and ask the customer for another form of payment. As a consumer, decline the note and request another form of change.
- Try to obtain identification from the suspect, and note a description of the suspect or vehicle plate information.
- Notify police immediately.
Anyone with information on suspected counterfeit notes or persons who may be in possession of them can call the commercial crime unit at (204) 986-6231 or by Crime Stoppers at (204) 786- TIPS (8477).