RCMP advises public
to refrain from purchasing
the $1 Million paper novelty notes.
OTTAWA, Ontario— The Royal Canadian
Mounted Police (RCMP) is asking the public to refrain from purchasing the
$1 million paper novelty notes that bear a likeness to authentic Canadian
bank-notes, as these notes may be in contravention of the Criminal Code.
"After thorough examination of the $1
million novelty note, which has been sold at various retail outlets in
Canada, we found that this product may be in contravention of the Criminal
Code because it bears a distinct likeness to actual Canadian
currency," said Mr. Paul Laurin, Central Bureau for Counterfeits,
"In light of this finding by the
Central Bureau for Counterfeits, the RCMP deems it necessary to inform the
Canadian public that producing, selling or purchasing novelty bank-notes
that are similar in appearance to Canadian bank-notes may encourage
counterfeiting activities," said Sergeant Michael Duncan, National
Counterfeit Coordinator, RCMP.
Major retailers known to be selling the $1
million novelty notes have been contacted and are voluntarily removing the
novelty notes from store shelves. "The RCMP will not actively seek
out all retailers that sell the $1 million novelty notes, however, because
the notes may violate the Criminal Code, we are asking for voluntary
compliance from retailers to discontinue the sale of these notes,"
said Sergeant Duncan.
The RCMP acknowledges that the possibility
of someone trying to negotiate this $1 million dollar note and other
novelty bank-notes in Canada is minimal. Nevertheless, the concern is that
such novelty items may decrease the credibility of Canadian currency.
Eliminating the production and distribution of novelty paper items that
bear a distinct likeness to Canadian currency also helps to reduce the
possibility of counterfeiting and of the novelty items potentially being
mistaken as legal tender in foreign countries.
"Under the Canadian Criminal Code it
is unlawful to reproduce bank-note images and/or print anything in
likeness of Canadian bank-notes. The RCMP wants to ensure that the public
is aware of these provisions of the Criminal Code when considering the
production, sale or purchase of paper novelty items that closely resemble
Canadian currency," said Sergeant Duncan. The public should also be
aware that the Bank of Canada owns the copyright on bank-note designs,
which is governed by the Copyright Act.
For more information contact:
RCMP National Communication Services
Media Relations Unit
Telephone: (613) 993-2999
Fax: (613) 993-1095
Web Site: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca