Pictured above is a counterfeit $100 bill seized by Oceanside RCMP Wednesday, May 2. Oceanside RCMP photo

Pictured above is a counterfeit $100 bill seized by Oceanside RCMP Wednesday, May 2. Oceanside RCMP photo

Suspects cut up $5 bills to create counterfeit $100 bills

Oceanside RCMP receive three reports of suspects trying to pass fake bills at shops

The Oceanside RCMP has received three recent reports of suspects trying to pass counterfeit bills to local shops.

Most recently was Wednesday, May 2, when, Cpl. Jesse Foreman said the Oceanside RCMP received a $100 bill from a Parksville-Qualicum area business. The bill had the clear strip and Canadian maple leaf from a real $5 bill taped in.

What makes this counterfeit cash unique, Foreman said in a news release, is that the counterfeiters are using the clear polymer section from a real bill and then taping it into the counterfeit bill.

“This should serve as a warning to those who have businesses or handle cash,” he said. “These bills are clearly fakes when you take a moment to look at them.”

If anyone has any information about this crime, they are asked to contact the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111 or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.