Counterfeit $2 coins.
Provided / Ontario Provincial Police
Ontario Provincial Police say they are investigating the use of fake toonies to pay for items at a store east of Ottawa.
Police said a store on Regent Street in the Town of Hawkesbury reported the coins at about 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
Investigators determined counterfeit $2 coins were used to purchase items.
Photos released by the OPP show the fake toonies with the wording “Z DOLLARD” on one side of the coin.
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The pictures of Queen Elizabeth II on the “heads” side and of the polar bear on the “tails” side also do not match what is seen on a real toonie.
“The OPP would like everyone to be aware of this and to be vigilant in assuring they do not fall victim to this fraud,” police said in a news release.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Hawkesbury OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
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