Counterfeiting is increasingly an issue for businesses and individuals alike. Dud notes are worthless and can cause extreme financial problems. So, what do you need to know to find one? We take a look below.
- Does The Money Have The Proper Feel?
If you spent your younger years toiling as a food server or in some other low-status service job, you may feel as though not much was learned. This could not be further from the truth. Consistent handling of money, even years ago, has taught you to know what legitimate currency is supposed to feel like. Paper money ought to be crisp to the touch, and there should be no floppiness or unusual give to its fibers.
- Recognizing A Watermark
Have you held a piece of paper currency upwards into the light and spotted a design? Generally speaking, official paper money will be fabricated to include a watermark, which makes for easy identification.
- Using Magnification To Detect Fake Micro-Text
Counterfeit currency is identifiable also by way of smudging of the micro-text contained on the note. A magnifying glass will be necessary to see this, but it is quite telling. An authentic piece of currency will have micro-text that features sharp lines and crisp contours instead of the blurred figures characteristic of a fake.
- Ink And Print Job Quality
While someone untrained in the art of counterfeit spotting might find this trait somewhat more difficult to spot, print and ink quality can be an important hallmark of fake notes. Authentic money will use inks that have a bit of a color-changing and metallic look to them, especially when the paper is shifted in the light. Notes that have blurry inks may indeed be counterfeit, although typical wear and tear on currency may also be to blame.
- UV Lighting
In addition to the numerous other uses for ultraviolet light, a function for it exists in the realm of counterfeit money detection. Governmental agencies everywhere have used this extra layer of security in designing their currencies. Genuine paper money that has a ultraviolet light passed over it will often show glowing threads of yellows, blues or greens. These colors will highlight the text and other graphics incorporated into the currency’s overall scheme. You can automate this process and detect fake bills with a machine, rather than manually. This will increase the chance of you catching them.
- Unusually Raised Figures
Some counterfeiters attempt to achieve their goals by affixing numbers from larger bills onto the corner of authentic notes of smaller denominations. This can be spotted by making a visual comparison of the notes in question.
If you continue to have trouble determining authenticity, just place questionable notes side-by-side with real ones to establish symmetry and sameness.
- Holographic Security Measures
Paper currencies worldwide use a range of other security features in order to thwart counterfeiting. Foil holograms are among them, and these tend to be used on notes of high value. This is done to stop counterfeiting professionals from attempting to wash small value notes with the intention of reprinting them with a more substantial denomination indicated.