A local business owner discovered they had been passed counterfeit 20 dollar bills this week. Pictures are circulating on Slave Lake Community Discussion boards warning residents and businesses to keep an eye out for these fakes.
Several other stories of these counterfeits have popped up for over a year across Canada. Other businesses we spoke to said there has also been an increase in the number of "look-alike" coins from other countries that appear to be loonies or toonies but turn out to be foreign currency.
One local business owner commented that it's hard enough for small businesses to thrive in the current environment, this is the last thing our community needs.
While there is no confirmation that the person using this did it intentionally, it is the responsibility of everyone using cash and businesses accepting it to carefully inspect cash.