Bogus twenty dollar bills are still turning up in London.
Constable Jacquie Edwards says twenties with the metallic stripe have been passed in London and area over the last few weeks.
Edwards says the fraud section is urging retailers and the public to check two or more security features to verify if the notes are real.
This series of paper bank notes has reliable security features to verify, including:
- Metallic stripe – Tilt the note back and forth. The numbers and maple leaves change colour.
- Raised Ink – Feel for the thicker ink on the large number, the shoulders of the portrait and the text “BANK OF CANADA ● BANQUE DU CANADA”;
- Ghost Image – Hold the bill up to the light and look through it. A small watermark of the portrait appears;
- Security Thread – Hold the bill up to the light and look through it. The dashes on the back of the note become a solid line.
Training materials on counterfeit detection are available by calling the Bank of Canada’s toll-free number at 1888513-8212. Materials can also be downloaded from the Bank’s website at www.bankofcanada.ca/en/banknotes.
If you come across a bank note you believe to be counterfeit, please contact the London Police Service.