Police warn retailers of fake $100 bills circulating in Peel and Durham regions.

Police in the GTA are warning retailers that ’tis the season for counterfeit currency and that they should keep an eye out for fake $100 bills.

The bills have been accepted at grocery stores, coffee shops, including Tim Hortons and Country Style, movie theatres and toy stores, including Toys “R” Us, and restaurants, including McDonald’s.

They have turned up in such areas as Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington and the Township of Scugog, Ont.

Peel Region police said they’ve received about 50 reports of counterfeit $100 bills since November. Police in Durham Region said they received 17 reports of fake $100 bills from Oct. 1 to Dec. 10.

Const. Bancroft Wright, spokesperson for Peel Regional Police, “Just be vigilant.Check serial numbers.”

Wright said the bills that have been seized are made of polymer paper and bear the serial number FKW4346846. The counterfeit currency has turned up at retail stores and when food was delivered in Brampton and Mississauga. In majority of cases, retailers accepted the counterfeit bills, then called police when they realized the currency was fake and they were out $100.

Const. George Tudos, spokesperson for Durham Regional Police Service, said the fake bills circulating in Durham Region bear similar serial numbers and police believe they were made by the same manufacturer.

He said, “If you were to rub your fingers on these bills, the ink seems to flake off, leaving just the transparent plastic look underneath.If you take a few seconds to kind of inspect them properly, you could probably spot the false ones.”