Halifax police issue warning about counterfeit polymer banknotes

A counterfeit $100 banknote from the Bank of Canada’s current Frontier series was recently used at a Halifax clothing store according to a statement issued by Halifax Regional Police.

Last week, the Financial Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division advised local businesses and citizens of the presence of counterfeit Canadian banknotes in Halifax.

On July 5, police retrieved a counterfeit $100 banknote from a clothing store on Spring Garden Road. According to police, someone used the fake note to pay for a purchase sometime during the day of July 2.

Police also reminded business owners they don’t have to accept a banknote if they suspect it might be counterfeit.

“If you think you’ve received a counterfeit bill or if someone attempts to use a bill that appears to be counterfeit, contact police at 902-490-5020.”

People can also submit a tip to Crime Stoppers or report a fake to the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network.


Information about the security features used on Canadian banknotes can be found at bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/bank-note-series/polymer/security-features.

Like all Canadian money, the $100 polymer note features a range of security features, some of which are overt while others are covert. For example:

  • the smaller metallic portrait of Robert Borden at the top of the note’s large window was colourized for adaptation as a holographic feature;
  • similarly, the East Block is shown at the bottom of the note’s window;
  • maple leaves border and cross into the large window;
  • the denomination in the window matches the note’s face value, and the word “Canada” is featured in the window with slightly raised ink;
  • raised ink is also used on the large “100” denomination as well as the words “Banque du Canada” and “Bank of Canada”; and
  • a frosted maple leaf window shows a transparent outline.

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