The Chemainus Chamber alerted us a few minutes ago that several businesses in Chemainus were approached by a man trying to purchase goods with counterfeit US $20 & $50 dollar bills. He is middle aged, wearing a bright color t-shirt, is in a hurry and may not even wait for change. There are reports that Crofton and Duncan businesses were targeted yesterday.
Assess the situation to ensure that you are not at risk. Then do the following:
*Politely refuse the note and explain that you suspect that it may be counterfeit.
*Ask for another note (and check it too).
*Advise the person to check the note with the local police.
*Inform your local police of a possible attempt to pass suspected counterfeit money.
Be courteous. Remember that the person in possession of the bill could be an innocent victim who does not realize that the note is suspicious.
What to do if you suspect that a note is counterfeit after a transaction:
*Give it to the local police. If it’s real, you’ll get it back.
Either way, the police should be informed of possible counterfeiting activity in your community. Timely reporting helps police and prosecutors bring counterfeiters to justice.
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