Residents and business owners in Cayman Brac are being urged to be on the look out for counterfeit currency.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service recently received a few reports of counterfeit bills being presented at businesses on the Island, a rare occurrence for the Brac.
Area Commander, Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay said that most notes appear to be US bills at the moment, but that residents should look out for all kinds of counterfeit currency.
‘In the event that you receive a counterfeit note, or suspect one to be counterfeit, we ask that you observe and note the appearance of the person passing the note, as well as that of any companions,’ Mr. Kay said. ‘Do not return the note. Instead, tag the note with a copy of the transaction receipt and call the police.’
Mr Kay said it is always best to keep the suspected fake note separate from others by placing it in an envelope or small bag and warned not to deposit it at the bank.
RCIPS Public Relations Officer Deborah Denis said it was more unusual for counterfeiting to be reported in Cayman Brac, so the issue was something the police really wanted the people on the island to be aware of.
However, last week’s counterfeiting-related arrest of three teenagers and another report of someone receiving a counterfeit note on Grand Cayman underscored the need for residents of all three Cayman Islands to remain diligent.
‘We certainly would encourage all residents in the Cayman Islands to look out for counterfeit notes at all times as they are continually in circulation,’ said Ms Denis.
The RCIPS form for reporting counterfeit money can be found on the CIMA website: www.cimoney.com.ky under the heading ‘currency.’
Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS).