Kelowna RCMP see increase in counterfeit bills

Lake Country, West Kelowna, Kelowna

2020-01-09 09:51 PST

The Kelowna RCMP wishes to advise the public of a significant increase in individuals attempting to pass counterfeit Canadian currency at various retail outlets throughout Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country.

There have been 44 documented incidents where numerous denominations of counterfeit Canadian and US currency have been passed since December 1st, 2019. Several police investigations remain ongoing at this time as police continue to identify several persons of interest.

Kelowna RCMP hope to prevent further incidents where these fake bills are accepted by unsuspecting retailers in our community, states Cst. Solana Paré of the Kelowna RCMP. We recommend that business owners and operators review their policies and ensure that their employees familiarize themselves with the detection of counterfeit currency.

What to do if you suspect someone is trying to pass counterfeit currency:

If you suspect a counterfeit bill or have information about counterfeiting activity, please contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at or at 1-800-222-8477.

For other tips to protect against counterfeit currency, click here.

Released by

Cst. Solana Paré

Media Relations Officer
Kelowna Regional Detachment
1190 Richter St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2K7
Office: 250-762-3300
Fax: 250-470-6348


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