Counterfeit Currency Warning Comes As Police Get Four Reports in Four Hours

There Are Ways To Spot Real From Fake

More reports of funny money being spent around Barrie; four reports in as many hours this morning.

The Barrie Police Service is reminding business owners to watch out for $50 and $100 bills used to make purchases, especially American currency.

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While it does differ from Canadian currency, there are things one can do to determine if the bill is real or fake. Police say it starts by simply touching the bill.

“Authentic American currency is and feels thinner and is crisper because of the paper used when it is made; it also has blue and red fibres that appear to be printed onto the paper instead of being part of the paper.” according to a statement from police. “By examining the serial numbers located on the face of the bill, they should match. If you receive more than one bill, check to see that each bill is defined by its own unique serial number. Counterfeiters do not normally change serial numbers on fake bills, so if they are the same, then you will know they are counterfeit. Newer US currency uses raised ink and ridges can be felt in the Federal Reserve Crest located on the left side of the bill that has a face. The ink on real money when rubbed on paper will not rub off and the face will appear to be crisp and vibrant and will not blend in with the colouring on the bill.”

Anyone with information with regards to these incidents is asked to contact the Barrie Police at 705-725-7025, by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at