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Canada's "tough to copy" polymer bills already counterfeited


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Fake polymer $100s found in Regina

CBC News Posted: Sep 18, 2015 1:38 PM CT Last Updated: Sep 18, 2015 1:38 PM CT


The bill on the top (front and back shown) is counterfeit, while the one on the bottom is genuine.

Plastic $100 bills with complicated designs and holograms were supposed to be tough to copy — but that hasn't stopped counterfeiters from trying.

The Regina Police Service says fake $100s and $50s in the new polymer series have been passed to a variety of businesses in Regina and the surrounding area.

It's telling people and businesses to check their polymer money to see if the bills are fake.

Here's how the police service says people can check:

The large transparent window on the new bills contains small numbers. The small numbers in this window should match the amount of the denomination (100s if it's a $100 bill etc.).
The transparent window should feel smooth with the rest of the bill.
The counterfeit money that has recently been passed does not have the small numbers in the window matching the denomination of the bill. As well, the counterfeit window has tape on it, police say.

Businesses are asked to contact 911 if they get one of these bills.

They can also call the Regina Police Service at 777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Fake polymer $100s found in Regina - Saskatchewan - CBC News
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I see two different buildings between the two bills on the clear part. And the hologram looks pretty crappy, although it might be hard to tell without a real one beside it.


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Is this why convenience stores have "No $100s" signs up? Because $100 dollar bills are the first to be forged?
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The border around the maple leaf is poorly done and the hologram looks budget. Doesn't look like a good copy, but I agree, you probably can't tell if you don't match it with a real one.


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It would have fooled me. I wouldn't have expected counterfeiters to have the ability to print on that type of plastic. Someone would have to have expensive, sophisticated technology to produce those notes.

How the notes are made: