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Recognizing Polymer Bank Notes

The Edmonton Police Service would like to thank the Bank of Canada for assisting with this information.

Quick tips:

  • Check all notes as you receive them - counterfeits come in all denominations.
  • Always compare a suspicious note with a genuine one.
  • If you don’t know how to check an older-style note, ask for a more recent note.
  • Click for images and tips on recognizing polymer notes.

Dealing with suspicious money

First and foremost, if you are suspicious about money that you are handed DURING a transaction, assess the situation to ensure that you are not at risk. Remember that your customer could be an innocent victim and not realize that the note is suspicious, so be courteous.

  1. Politely refuse the money and explain that you suspect that the note is counterfeit.
  2. Ask the customer for another note (and check it too).
  3. Advise the customer to check the suspicious note with local police.
  4. Inform your local police of a possible attempt to pass counterfeit money.

Did you know?

  • The Bank of Canada won’t reimburse you for counterfeit money, so don’t let it get into your till.
  • It is a criminal offence to knowingly pass counterfeit cash on to someone else.

Learn more

Posters, leaflets, handbooks, DVDs, and more can be downloaded or ordered on the Bank of Canada website. Free training is also provided on request.

For more information, visit the website listed above or call 1-888-513-8212.