How to know if a Canada Post Money Order is real or counterfeit

You can spot a fake Canada Post Money Order by checking the following security features.

Feature Description

Watermark

One or two beaver-shaped watermarks are visible when held up to the light.

Micro printing

Horizontal lines on the front bottom read:
CPCSCPCPC... or CANADAPOST/POSTESCANADA/CANADAPOST...

1-800 phone number

1-800-563-0444 is the only phone number used to verify validity. Fraudsters might use an alternate phone number and provide false validation codes.

Fluorescent fibres

Writing on the back is visible under ultraviolet light.

Maximum amount

$999.99 in Canadian and U.S. dollars.

Altered dollar value

For example, a money order with the value of $8.00 has been altered to $800.00.

  • Look for smudges of the ink.
  • Look for visible differences on the font.
  • Look for other numbers showing through the amount displayed.
  • When you scan the barcode on the money order, verify it matches the serial number printed on the top right-hand side of the money order. (Counterfeit money orders will not match.)