Fake $50s and $100s reported

Be on the lookout for phony money.

Battlefords RCMP report receiving several complaints from businesses of counterfeit $50 and $100 Canadian currency. 

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Wednesday police reported a 64-year-old North Battleford man had been arrested after he tried to pass two of the phony $100 bills at a local business.

Tuesday the RCMP said they had received a complaint two men attended businesses in the Battlefords and attempted to purchase small inexpensive items with large denomination currency. The bills were of poor quality and the involved business noticed before the transactions were completed, police say.

The men are described as Caucasian, both approx 6 feet tall, 25 to 30 years of age, slim builds, both wearing hoodies and ball caps with the hoods up. One of the men was wearing a cream coloured hoodie.

In another complaint a First Nation woman purchased fuel with a $50 bill. Some time after the transaction was completed, staff noticed the $50 was of very poor quality and clearly a fake, according to the RCMP.

In this case, suspects have been identified and the investigations are continuing.

Police say, Canadian currency has significantly evolved over the years and is currently very difficult to accurately duplicate. Businesses and individuals are cautioned to take a good look at all currency but in particular large denominations for authenticity when conducting transactions.

Anyone with information regarding this or anyother crime is asked to contact the Battlefords RCMP or Crimestoppers.



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