Waterloo Regional Police to Host Fraud Awareness Night

Posted on Wednesday November 15, 2017

Waterloo Region, Ontario –  The Waterloo Regional Police Service will host a Fraud Awareness event on November 20, 2017 to educate store owners and employees on how to prevent becoming a victim of fraud this holiday season.

In particular, officers with our Fraud branch will outline how employees can spot the difference between a counterfeit bill and a legal bill.

“It is sometimes difficult for cashiers to detect counterfeit notes because, in many cases, they look very similar to the real thing,” said Waterloo Regional Police Constable David Lea. “But there are ways to spot the difference. By learning these simple tricks, store owners can quickly and easily stop the illegal transfer from occurring and, in the end, stop themselves from becoming a victim.”

Cashiers are advised to:

  • Run your hand across the bill. It should have a smooth texture and raised ink on the shoulders of the portrait, the large number and the Bank of Canada text.
  • Look at the transparent window featuring a building and portrait. When you tilt the note, there will be colour changes in both the building and portrait.

A Social Media campaign entitled #KnowYourNotes will also take place throughout the holiday season, encouraging store owners and employees to inspect bills before accepting payment.

The Fraud Awareness night will also focus on tips for preventing credit card fraud.

The event will take place November 20, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Waterloo Regional Police Service Headquarters building, located at 200 Maple Grove Road in Cambridge.

Media Inquiries:

Cherri Greeno, Media Relations Coordinator

Waterloo Regional Police Service

(519) 570-9777 ext. 8773

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