Grande Prairie RCMP is warning both the public and business owners after receiving around 20 reports of counterfeit Canadian money being used in the area.

Mainly in $20, $50 and $100 denominations, it’s alleged the suspects will fold the phoney bills in half with the transparent side down in an effort to hide the differences between the real and fake cash.

“On the transparent window, it would be almost like a paper and white instead of see-through like you’d normally see on a regular dollar bill,” says Grande Prairie RCMP Corporal Maria Ogden. “There are also two rows of dashes in the corners [of the bill] where the reflective part would be.”

Ogden says it’s vital for business owners to stay diligent when it comes to keeping themselves protected from being the victim of counterfeit currency being used in their stores.

“Just make sure they examine any dollar bill when it comes through their hands, notify cashiers to look at the dollar bill in full prior to placing it in the till. It’s really important that if you do encounter these types of counterfeit bills, you report it to police.”

Mounties in Dawson Creek have also asked businesses in the BC Peace Region to be diligent, after seizing $1300 in counterfeit $100 bills on Tuesday, July 9th.

No suspects are in custody, nor have any charges been laid at this point.