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Police warn on fake cash

Police in Bermuda gave a fresh warning about counterfeit cash after what they said have been “a few reported incidents recently” of fake bills being passed.

There have been reported incidents of counterfeit Bermuda as well as US $10 and $50 bills being tendered at local businesses. These counterfeit notes are of poor quality.

A spokesman urged people who work in the retail sector to make sure to examine money they are taking in. Liquor licensed premises and other businesses involved in the night-time economy are encouraged to be especially vigilant for any individual(s) attempting to pass counterfeit currency.

“Members of the public should remain vigilant regarding counterfeit Bermuda and US currency, while retailers are reminded to ensure their employees are aware of the importance of taking a few seconds to examine the money they are taking in, especially the larger denominations,” a BPS spokesman said.

“If counterfeit cash is detected during a transaction, staff receiving the fake money should hold on to it, note the description of the individual who tendered it and contact police immediately.”

Any suspicious circumstances regarding counterfeit currency should be reported directly to the main police number 295-0011 or via the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477.

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Published February 21, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated February 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm)

Police warn on fake cash

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