London police warn public, businesses of fake banknotes

The London Police Service (LPS) is warning both the public and local businesses to take heed of a recent surge in counterfeit banknotes.

In a press release issued April 12, the LPS Financial Crimes Unit identified an increase in the use of fake $20, $50 and $100 Scenes of Canada banknotes in London, Ont. Residents are advised to visit the Bank of Canada website to learn more about the series being counterfeited.

The Scenes of Canada series, which was issued between 1969 and 1979, is still valid; however, the notes are currently out of circulation for nearly 40 years.

“As such, retailers should be highly suspicious of any individual who presents these style of bills for payment of a retail purchase,” reads the police statement.

The Scenes of Canada series was issued by the Bank of Canada from 1969-79 and is still valid.

“We are encouraging all businesses to review policies with regards to the acceptance of large bills. Please remain diligent in identifying any counterfeit monies.”

Anyone with information in relation to these incidents is asked to call the LPS at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Information can also be sent in online anonymously to londoncrimestoppers.com.

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