(Saanich Police)

Saanich Police are advising people to be wary of counterfeit bills after numerous reports of them being passed in stores have surfaced recently.

Several suspects have been reportedly using counterfeit $100 bills to make small value purchases.

See also: Nanaimo RCMP investigates appearance of dozens of counterfeit $100 Canadian bills

At first glance, the currency looks legitimate enough that merchants accept them as legal tender, allowing the scammer to walk away with the fraudulent purchase and real money as change.

To raise awareness, police have released a series of photos depicting what these fake $100 bills look like.

In the first close up image, you can see where the transparent areas have been cut out of legitimate bills of lesser value, and then taped or glued into a forged bill:

(Saanich Police)

Another close up of the vertical transparent panel clearly shows the number 10 repeated throughout. If it was a legitimate $100 bill, that number would be 100:

(Saanich Police)

In the third image, the transparent maple leaf has clearly been cut out and adhered to the bill:

(Saanich Police)