Counterfeit $20 Currency in Halton warn Police

Counterfeit $20 Currency in Halton warn Police
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Staff Sergeant Dave Cross

Staff Sergeant Dave Cross

Sgt. Dave Cross #1932 is the Media Relations Officer with the Halton Regional Police Service. His office is located at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, ON.

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The Halton Regional Police Service is reminding the public and retailers to pay close attention to the bank notes they receive. A number of counterfeit $20 notes from the most recent series of paper bank notes (with the metallic stripe) have been passed in the Region of Halton over the last few weeks.
As always, we are advising retailers and the public to check two or more security features. These $20 counterfeits can be easily detected when compared with a note that you know is genuine. All denominations in this series have the same security features. Once you know how to check the features on one note, you know how to check any denomination. It takes only minutes to learn how and a few seconds to check your money. Checking cash is a quick and reliable deterrent to counterfeiting.

This series of paper bank notes has reliable security features to verify, including:

Metallic stripe – Tilt the note back and forth. The numbers and maple leaves change colour.

Raised Ink – Feel for the thicker ink on the large number, the shoulders of the portrait and the text “BANK OF CANADA ● BANQUE DU CANADA”;

Ghost Image – Hold the bill up to the light and look through it.  A small watermark of the portrait appears;

Security Thread – Hold the bill up to the light and look through it.  The dashes on the back of the note become a solid line.

Training materials on counterfeit detection are available by calling the Bank of Canada’s toll-free number at 1 888 513-8212.  Materials can also be downloaded from the Bank’s website at

Additional fraud prevention tips can be found on our website under the ‘Criminal Investigations – Fraud’ tab.



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