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RCMP warn of counterfeit bills

Four businesses have complained since Dec. 8

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The Whistler RCMP is warning businesses and the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit US $100 bills.

Since Dec. 8, the RCMP has received four complaints from local businesses about the bills.

"When bogus bills are circulated through the community it has a direct impact on the local economy," said Sgt. Rob Knapton of the Whistler RCMP, in a press release.

"If a person successfully uses counterfeit money it represents a real economic loss to businesses which impacts their bottom line. We urge all local business to carefully check the authenticity of any US $100 bills that people may try to pay with before you accept them."

The security features for Canadian and US money can be found at www.bankofcanada.ca/en/banknotes/counterfeit/index.html.

As part of its investigation into the circulation of the bills, the RCMP is looking to identify a man described as approximately 5-foot-8 with a heavy set build, dark hair and olive skin.

The man is said to speak with an American accent.

Anyone with information regarding the counterfeit bills or the person of interest is asked to call the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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