Counterfeit toonies found in store in eastern Ontario

The Ontario Provincial Police were called to a store on Regent Street in Hawkesbury, Ontario where they verified that two counterfeit $2 coins had been used to purchase items.

Police shared a photo that shows the coin front and bank. Instead of a polar bear, the front shows a walrus with the words “Z DOLLARD” and what’s supposed to be Queen Elizabeth II, but it’s a man.

Another difference from the original is the date; the fake coins are dated 1990. However, the toonies were born in 1996.

The store, where the fake toonies were distributed, was a Dollarama. (Staff declined to speak with the Star.)

In a press release, the Ontario Provincial Police urges everyone to “be vigilant to ensure that they will not fall victim to this fraud.”

In an email to the Star, officer Kenneth Gray said the exhibits would be sent to the government for analysis.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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