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New Glasgow Regional Police are warning that there are counterfeit $20 bills circulating in the area and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person responsible for passing a counterfeit $20.

On September 2 at approximately 3:45 p.m., an adult male entered the Needs Convenience Store located at 300 East River Road and purchased items with a counterfeit $20 bill. The unknown male fled the store before the clerk realized the money was counterfeit.

The reported bills have been in $20 denominations.

“The $20 counterfeit bills appear to be very realistic and authentic, especially when folded and quickly passed to the person on checkout.,” stated Const. Ken Macdonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police.

“Technology becomes increasingly sophisticated in making these bills and in this case, the bills are very noticeable with the bill covered in Chinese characters on both sides.”

People are not required to accept a bill if they suspect it is counterfeit. If someone ends up with a counterfeit bill, they can contact New Glasgow Regional Police at 902-752-1941.

To learn more about spotting counterfeit currency visit The Bank of Canada website.

Anyone with information on this incident or person involved is asked to contact New Glasgow Regional Police at 902 -752-1941. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.