News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – Residents and businesses are advised to be vigilant regarding counterfeit US $100 notes bearing serial number PR10008679P after one of these counterfeit notes was used for payment at the RUBiS Van Buren Marine Service Station on North Shore Road in Flatts Tuesday afternoon (March 9th). Inquiries to confirm the identity of the suspect continue.
Employees are reminded that if counterfeit cash is detected during a transaction, the member of staff receiving the fake money should hold on to it, jot down a 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 call the main police telephone number 295-0011 at the earliest opportunity, to report the matter.
Alternatively, if you are aware of suspicious circumstances regarding suspected counterfeit currency and wish to report it anonymously, please call the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477.
It should be noted, once again, that 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.