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Counterfeit U.S. cash used in Eastern Passage

Local police have received several recent reports of fake American currency being used in HRM
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Photo of counterfeit bill used at an Eastern Passage gas station

RCMP are investigating another report of fake American currency being used in the Halifax area.

A woman bought something at a gas station on Cow Bay Rd. in Eastern Passage with what appeared to be a U.S. $100 bill, however police say the money was later determined to be counterfeit.

The suspect is described as white and middle-aged with a thin build and long, white hair that appeared to be bleached. She was wearing a white and black jacket and a grey mask.

The currency had the serial number LB45440078L, was printed on smooth paper and was blue/purple in colour.

Local police are investigating several recent incidents of fake U.S. currency circulating HRM.

In February, Halifax Regional Police said they had received 23 reports of counterfeit American $50 and $100 bills being used at local businesses.

At the time, HRP urged employees to check for security features on both Canadian and American bank notes before accepting them.

Mounties warn if you unknowingly get counterfeit money, you cannot be reimbursed.

"Anyone in the area who handles currency in the course of their business or work is reminded to be on the lookout for suspicious currency," said RCMP in a news release. 

"Should anyone come into contact with counterfeit currency, please report it to police."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020 or submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers.

Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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