Funny money fools five valley businesses | DrumhellerMail
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Funny money fools five valley businesses

Drumheller RCMP are investigating after five local businesses reported that they had received counterfeit $100 bills between April 17 and May 1. “It’s an eye-opener,” said Maureen Cragg, co-owner of Bill Cross Mens store, who fell victim to the funny money. “I can’t believe what some people do.”
On April 21 Maureen and Mel Cragg brought their deposits to the Royal Bank of Canada in Drumheller, and were told the $100 bill they had received for a purchase.
“The face of the bill is not lifted, and they are very bad quality,” said Maureen. “It looked really old.”
“We’ll be a lot more alert on the cash flow from customers from now on,” she said. “It has never happened to us before, in all the years we’ve done business here.”
Police have determined two suspects in the string of funny money purchases, one Caucasian woman, estimated 20-30 years of age, with shoulder length dirty blond hair, wearing a green sweater and blue jean skirt.
The second suspect is male, described as having dark skin, 5’9, and estimated to weigh 200 lbs and has facial hair.
A female enters the businesses and attempts to purchase a small item using the funny bill.
There are a number of security features on all proper Canadian currency; hidden features when held up to light including a ‘ghost-face’ on the bill, holographic ‘20’s and lifted writing.
The Drumheller RCMP detachment is requesting all businesses check for counterfeit bills and report any suspicious activity to the department.

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