Counterfeit $50, $100 bills passed in Valley

Counterfeit Canadian bills have been spotted at multiple locations, including at least two businesses in the Cowichan Valley.

Counterfeit Canadian bills have been spotted at multiple locations on southern Vancouver Island, including at least two businesses in the Cowichan Valley.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are warning retailers that individuals attempted to pass counterfeit Canadian $50 and $100 bills at the Canadian Tire and Home Depot stores in North Cowichan. Shawnigan Lake RCMP and police jurisdictions in the Victoria area have also reported similar situations.

The serial numbers on seized notes include KB408366471, KF69166942CF6, and HB58486444A on $100 bills, and GHB1697833 and FMV873370 on $50 bills.

“There may be other bank notes out there with different serial numbers so please be extra diligent when accepting $50 and $100 notes,” Cpl. Krista Hobday said. “Do the proper checks and follow your business protocols that are in place.”

One possible suspect is described as an adult male with a dark complexion, possibly of Middle Eastern descent, sporting facial hair, and approximately five foot 10 with a medium build. He may be working with others or try to change his appearance to avoid detection.