Officers with the OPP are asking all residents to double-check their cash, after fake currency in the area was reported yesterday.

Local businesses are warned that people used two counterfeit $50 bills at a local business on Wednesday.

Anyone with any information regarding the fake currency is asked to call the Kenora OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 807-548-5534.

The OPP say that you be especially careful during busy periods, when counterfeit notes are more likely to be passed:

- Be wary of customers who want to pay with much higher denominations of bills than needed.

- If possible, keep the suspicious bank note and record all relevant information about the bill and the person, such as denomination, serial number, time, context, physical descriptions, and vehicles and licence plates.

- Contact your local police service.

- Give the suspicious bank note to the police and request a receipt, if the note is genuine, it will be returned to you.

- Remember, someone passing a counterfeit bank note may not be aware it is fake, they could also be an unwitting victim of crime.

Possession, use or creation of counterfeit currency is an indictable offence punishable upon conviction by up to 14 years in prison.