The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce is reminding merchants to keep their eyes open for counterfeit currency during the busy Christmas shopping season.
Counterfeit U.S. bills have been spotted in Victoria, and could move up Island, the Chamber warns.
“Counterfeiters like the busy retail season, when merchants are rushed, and may not be as diligent in checking bills,” a press release advised. “The bills turn up more frequently at convenience stores, fast food outlets and gas stations. They are also related to the street-level drug trade.”
See uscurrency.gov for more information on identifying phony bills. For information about Canadian currency, visit bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/counterfeit-prevention