Police Reiterate Warning: Counterfeit Money

December 17, 2014

The Bermuda Police Service said they continue to “advise businesses and their staff as well as residents to remain vigilant regarding counterfeit Bermuda currency, particularly forged $50 and $100 notes, currently in circulation.

A police spokesperson said, “In a recently reported incident three counterfeit Bermuda $100 notes, all bearing the same serial number 135699, were apparently tendered at a business earlier this week.

“Employees are once again advised that if counterfeit cash is detected during a transaction, the member of staff receiving the fake money should hold on to it, note the description of the individual who tendered it and contact police immediately.

“Similarly, members of the public should take a few seconds to examine any money they may receive, especially the larger denominations.

“Persons who may have unknowingly received counterfeit currency are encouraged to contact the nearest police station at the earliest opportunity to report the matter.

“As a reminder it is a criminal offence to pass to another, possess, make or reproduce any counterfeit currency; punishable by up to five years in prison – and those caught committing such offences can expect to be prosecuted.

“Suspicious circumstances regarding suspected counterfeit currency should be reported directly to the main police telephone number 295-0011 or via the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477.”

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