Local businesses and residents were urged to remain vigilant today as the Bermuda Police Service continues to receive reports of counterfeit Bermuda $50 and US $100 notes circulating around the island.

A spokesman said: “Employees are once again advised that if counterfeit cash is detected during a transaction, the member of staff receiving the fake money should hold on to it, note the description of the individual who tendered it and contact police immediately.

“Similarly, members of the public should take a few seconds to examine any money they may receive, especially the larger denominations.

“Persons who may have unknowingly received counterfeit currency are encouraged to contact the nearest police station at the earliest opportunity to report the matter.

“As a reminder it is a criminal offence to pass to another, possess, make or reproduce any counterfeit currency; punishable by up to five years in prison – and those caught committing such offences can expect to be prosecuted,” he added.

Any suspicious circumstances regarding suspending counterfeit currency should be reported directly to detectives at the Criminal Investigation Department on 247-1744, or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.