Terrace RCMP Warn Businesses to watch for Funny Money

John Crawford

Terrace RCMP are advising local business owners to make sure their employees are properly trained to spot counterfeit money.

This follows a series of reports about Funny Money circulating around town.

Police say there have been multiple complaints of people trying to pass fake bills, especially US currency.


Staff Sergeant Mike Robinson says if you suspect you've been offered a counterfeit note, you should politely refuse the bill, explaining that you suspect it may be counterfeit, and then contact police as soon as possible. 

He says the Bank of Canada has resources available on-line to help you spot funny money -- and he advises businessowners to print them off and post them in a visible area.

For more information, including Bank of Canada links, see RCMP News release below.


Beware: counterfeit currency circulating in Terrace


2019-07-04 14:56 PDT

File # 19-6462 and 19-6442


Terrace RCMP are warning people to take a close look at their money before accepting any bills, following a series of counterfeit reports.

Police have recently received multiple reports of people attempting to use fake bills, particularly U.S. currency, and in some cases, receiving real money in its place.

If it’s been awhile since your business had counterfeit training with its staff, now might be a good time to go over some of the important things to look for before accepting bills, especially for higher amounts, said Terrace RCMP Staff Sergeant Michael Robinson.

When an employee suspects they have been offered a counterfeit note:

  •  politely refuse the bill and explain that you suspect it may be counterfeit
  •  promptly contact police and make them aware of the possible attempt to pass fake money

The Bank of Canada has lots of great resources available online to help people become familiar with the security features of both Canadian and U.S. currencies, said Stf. Sgt. Robinson. Take a minute to check them out, print them off, and even post them in a visible area of your business where both staff and customers can see them.

For uncommon bills, such as foreign or older Canadian currencies, don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion on legitimacy. Call a manager or take the bill to the bank for a more official verification.

If someone receives a bill they suspect to be fake, report it; don’t just pass it on to another customer or retailer.

Making, possessing, or offering counterfeit money as though it were real are all offences under the Criminal Code.

For information on security features present on U.S. currency visit:
For training materials available to help retailers visit:

If you have information about crime contact the Terrace RCMP at (250)638-7400 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS, online at www.terracecrimestoppers.ca.

Released by

Cst. Crystal Evelyn

Community Policing / Media Relations Officer
Terrace RCMP
3205 Eby St., Terrace BC, V8G 2X7

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