Several recent incidents of counterfeit money passed at local businesses

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BrabndonPolice Service Media Release

The Brandon Police Service has investigated several incidents of late concerning counterfeit money being passed. The most recent occurrences have been $100 bills. These bills were designed as a training aid and have foreign languages stamped on the bills. The recent trend has shown that individuals have been cutting out the language stamp and replacing it with security features from a lower denomination bill. Typically, a small item is purchased with the counterfeit note and the suspect receiving change back in legitimate currency.

If you work in the retail industry, please check all bills before acceptance. If you suspect the note is counterfeit after a transaction, please call BPS. If you suspect that you have been offered a counterfeit note during a transaction, refuse the bill and ask the person to check the note with Police. Call BPS of a possible attempt to pass suspected counterfeit money.

It is important to remember that the person in possession of the counterfeit money may be an innocent victim and does not know the money is counterfeit.