Police Warn to Check Your US Bills After Phony $20 Passed in Barrie

Two Suspects Caught on Camera

Counterfeit US Bills Circulate AgianMore funny money making the rounds in town. After a spate of counterfeit US $50s cropped up late last year, Barrie Police say now someone’s trying to pass off fake $20 bills. Police believe there are more phony bills out there, after getting reports two people passed counterfeit bills at a fast food joint in town on Sunday. The suspects are described as:

Suspect # 1

  • Male
  • black
  • Heavy build
  • goatee
  • Wearing a black hat and white t-shirt

Suspect #2

  • Female
  • white
  • Heavy build
  • Long black hair with blond highlights (balayage style)
  • Wearing a black t-shirt and carrying a purse.

If you have US currency in your possession and are unsure of its authenticity, follow these steps to certify the real value of your money or contact police for assistance.

  1. Counterfeit money will often feel distinctly different from authentic money.
  2. Genuine money is often thinner than counterfeit money.
  3. Compare the bill with another legit bill of the same denomination.
  4. Inspect the printing quality.
  5. Examine the serial numbers; each bill will have a different serial number.
  6. Check the security features on the bill. The bills will be equipped with a security thread (plastic strip) that runs vertically and the bill will have watermarks.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Hunt of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext.2690, rhunt@barriepolice.ca