The Comox Valley RCMP would like to make businesses aware of a recent influx of counterfeit bills being passed at local businesses as legal tender.

Over the past 2 to 3 weeks there have been approximately 5 reported occurrences where businesses have found counterfeit bills during cash outs. So far the currency being used is $5, $10 and $20 bills.

These bills are older in print, around the 2001 issue, with no hologram bar on the side.

Please educate yourselves and employees on the issue and take a moment to inspect the notes in order to detect signs of the notes being counterfeit.

-Contributed by Comox Valley RCMP