Whitehorse RCMP have seen an increase in fake currency circulating in the city and are warning the community to watch out for bills labelled as film props.
Police have received multiple calls from local businesses who have inadvertently accepted counterfeit currency. Though the bills may initially look and feel somewhat real, they are labelled as film props and are not legal tender. There are multiple files under investigation as police believe these bills may have been passed on purpose to defraud a variety of Whitehorse businesses.
The Bank of Canada has recommendations available for anyone who handles money, to prevent the spread of counterfeit or suspicious bank notes. Their recommendations include routinely checking the security features of all notes and, if it safe to do so, politely refusing to accept cash that you believe to be fake, and explaining that you suspect that it may be counterfeit. Consider checking any bills you may be carrying in a wallet or cashbox for marking that show they are not legitimate currency and reporting suspicious bills to police. Timely reporting helps police and the courts bring counterfeiters to justice, and if it's real, you'll get it back.
Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to contact Whitehorse RCMP at 867-667-5555. To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers by phone at 867-667-6715 or online at www.crimestoppersyukon.ca.