RCMP report counterfeit Canadian bills circulating—with Chinese characters on them

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      New Brunswick's Northeast District RCMP is warning businesses and the public that counterfeit Canadian money is circulating in Campbellton, New Brunswick.

      Campbellton merchants reported to police that they have received counterfeit $20 and $100 Canadian bills.

      Although the bills may appear convincing, there is one subtle giveaway: they have Chinese characters written on them. (That could conceivably be why Queen Elizabeth II appears angry on the bill.)

      The writing is in simplified Chinese. In Chinese, it indicates that these bills are samples, are not to be used as real currency, and are intended for practice only.  

      CTV News reported on August 30 that these counterfeit banknotes were listed as available for purchase as "training bills" on eBay, in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100.

      Police reported that similar bills had appeared in Saint John, New Brunswick, in June. They also were found in Humboldt and North Battleford, Saskatchewan, in June.

      In May, a 15-year-old boy was charged with using one of the $50 counterfeit bills in the Halifax suburb of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.  

      Before that, they had been circulating in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in March. 

      The Bank of Canada offers information on its website about the security features on Canadian and U.S. bank notes to help determine if a bill is counterfeit or not. (However, there is no mention of the Chinese language for some reason.)