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Phoney U.S. $20 found at bank

Scan of a 2006-series American $20 bill. Bills may look right, but police advise that you compare their feel as well.

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Scan of a 2006-series American $20 bill. Bills may look right, but police advise that you compare their feel as well.

Local merchants should be on the alert for counterfeit money, after a fake U.S. $20 bill turned up in town.

Brandon police say that bank staff found the funny money in a business deposit on Thursday.

Earlier this week, apparently coincidentally, police issued a crime prevention tip with advice on how people can identify counterfeit currency. They say that fake bills often have poor reproduction and use poorer qualty paper, and can often be exposed by a simple comparison with other, real bills.

Modern currency also boasts security features like metallic strips, holographic portraits and UV fluorescing inks. The Bank of Canada has also been shifting to polymer-based cash, which is much more difficult to counterfeit.

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