Counterfeit US Dollars Emerging Trend in Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat, Alberta – Between August 31, 2016 and now, the Medicine Hat Police Service has responded to numerous complaints of American counterfeit bank notes being passed in the City of Medicine Hat. In most instances, the offenders have been targeting businesses in the Medicine Hat Mall, gas stations, and fast food businesses. It is believed that the offenders are targeting these types of business due to their fast paced environment, and often younger employees.

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The denominations that have been passed in Medicine Hat are predominantly of $50.00 and $20.00 denominations. The description of the counterfeit US denominations and serial numbers are as follows:

• Denomination: $50.00 – Serial Number: MD56247911A
• Denomination: $50.00 – Serial Number: MB08369440B
• Denomination: $50.00 – Serial Number: 375F49 375179
• Denomination: $50.00 – Serial Number: 287206
• Denomination: $50.00 – Serial Number: 663980
• Denomination: $20.00 – Serial Number: ML06983670L

Tips for identifying a counterfeit $20.00 United States bank note. The current design $20 note features subtle background colors of green and peach. The $20 note includes an embedded security thread that glows green when illuminated by UV light. When held to light, a portrait watermark of President Jackson is visible from both sides of the note. In addition, the note includes a colour-shifting numeral 20 in the lower right corner of the note. There is raised printing on the bank note’s surface. There is micro printing which has printed text USA20 repeated within the numeral in the lower left corner on the front of the bill.

Tips for identifying a counterfeit $50.00 United States bank note: The current design $50 note features subtle background colors of blue and red. The $50 note includes an embedded security thread that glows yellow when illuminated by UV light. When held to light, a portrait watermark of President Grant is visible from both sides of the note. In addition, the note includes a colour-shifting numeral 50 in the lower right corner of the note. There is raised printing on the bank note’s surface. There is raised printing on the bank note’s surface. There is micro printing which has printed text USA50 repeated within the numeral in the lower left corner on the front of the bill.

Medicine Hat Police Service


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