Oak Bay, BC: On September 1st, another attempt was made to pass a counterfeit $100 bill to a local business. In this case, the employee recognized the fake money immediately and called the police while the suspect was in the store. The suspect, seeing the employee on the phone, departed immediately. Despite the fact that police were on scene within a minute of the call being received, the suspect was not located.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian female, 40 years old, 5’6”, heavy set with burgundy hair and “bad highlights”. She was wearing a pink and black jacket.
The $100 bills being passed are readily identified as being counterfeit when looked at closely. It appears that the culprits are cutting the transparent security features off of $10 notes and literally “taping” them on to laser printed phony $100 bills.
These transparent security features include the number of the denomination they originate from. In the case of the counterfeit notes being passed in Oak Bay, the transparent strip contains the number 10 and not the number 100 as should be expected. A close look will also show the lines of the “Scotch” tape that was used instead of the perfectly clean manufacture of a genuine note and John A. MacDonald is visible as opposed to Robert Borden..
Oak Bay Police Reserve Officers will be attending Oak Bay businesses over the next couple of weeks with counterfeit detection education kits and will be reminding merchants how best to help police identify and charge people suspected of passing counterfeit notes
Oak Bay Police Department