How To Detect Counterfeit Currency

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Forgery and counterfeiting currencies is a serious threat to any economy. In 1993, the digital printing has been used in currencies forgery by copying the currency using a scanner, then getting the copy into the PC and then use the color-processing program for counterfeit currency and then print them on any kind of color printer types.

Statistics reveal in the USA, the use of the computer in currencies forgery, traveler’s checks and important documents, bonds and stocks have become the method currently prevailing in all countries of the world.

There is a big difference between counterfeiting and forgery 

counterfeiting is making a similar currency in everything from the beginning to the end of the right of the coin traded using Inks, papers, computers, printers.

The fraud or the forgery is using a valid currency and counterfeiter makes a change in converting it from a lower-class currency to a currency with a higher category. like converting a dollar to $ 10 or $ 100. The weakness of the U.S. currency is essentially because  of the similarity of all the dimensions of  the US dollars  like the ten or twenty or fifty or one hundred dollars they are all on-dimensional and this helps counterfeiters in their fraud operations.

How to detect US Dollars Counterfeit

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– Cashiers are more expert in knowing whether the bill is fake or not, just by feeling the bill’s texture by touching it. You can also find out if the currency is forged or not, by paying attention to the quality of the currency paper which is not sold commercially. Also check the Ink, feel the texture of the ink and compare it with another one that you know for definite that is not forged, to be able to tell the difference.

The feel of a bill made 20 or 10 years ago should feel the same to a new dollar bill.

– Make a comparison between the suspicious bill and another one that is not fake. Compare both through the same denomination and series.  if you are not 100% sure, hold the bill side by side with another bill and check the  Difference denominations. All denominations, except the $1 and $2, have been redesigned at least once since 1990, so it is best to compare the suspect bill to one in the same series, or date.

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– You will be able to discover The fake bill through the relative flatness and the lack of details, also check the quality of printing, compare the offset printing with the digital printing. Real bill do not have any broken borders and their borders are clear, while fake money have unclear and broken borders.

In fake bills the portraits are flat and dull while in real bills the portraits are sharp and have very fine details.

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– Make a close inspection on the fake bill and you will notice that real bills have tiny red and blue embedded in the paper, while fake money show that fibers are printed on the paper and don’t look that they are part of the paper itself. No matter how the counterfeiters are professionals in drawing those fibers on the paper, you will be able to tell the difference between the fake and the real bill in that regard.

-Check carefully the serial number of a bill. Fake bills will show serial numbers that are not perfectly aligned in a row and also not evenly spaced. Real Bill have serial numbers that match in that regard.

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– Check the security thread which is a plastic strip running from top to bottom. In the Beginning of 1990, an embedded (not printed) security thread was added to all bills except the $1 and $2 bills.

Hold the bill up to the light, you will see the strip and the printing on it “USA” and this goes for 5 $, 10 $ and 20 $ bills;  While it is presented in numerals on the 50 $ and the 100 %$.

The $5 bill has “USA FIVE” written on the thread.

The $10 bill has “USA TEN” written on the thread.

The $20 bill has “USA TWENTY” written on the security thread.

The $50 bill has “USA 50” written on the thread.

The $100 bill has the words “USA 100” written on the security thread.

Hold the bill up to a black light: If authentic, the security thread in the bills will glow: the $5 bill glows blue, the $10 bill glows orange, the $20 bill glows green, the $50 bill glows yellow and the $100 bill glows pink.

Hold the bill up to a light to check for a watermark. A watermark bearing the image of the person whose portrait is on the bill can be found on all $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills series 1996 and later, and on $5 bills series 1999 and later. The watermark is embedded in the paper to the right of the portrait, and it can be seen from both sides of the bill.

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How to detect counterfeit Euros

There is a  Shine ultraviolet light on the bill. Some little stripes / scratches will appear. If you don’t see any bright white stripes / scratches there’s a 99.9% chance that the euro bill is fake. If the scratches do show up then the bill is real.

You can also Measure the bill. Every single bill has its measurement in millimetres and Color:

5 Euros = 120 x 62 (Grey)
10 Euros= 127 x 67 (Red)
20 Euros = 133 x 72 (Blue)
50 Euros= 140 x 77 (Orange)
100 Euros= 147 x 82 (Green)
200 Euros= 153 x 82 (Yellow)
500 Euros= 160 x 82 (Purple)

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How to detect counterfeit Egyptian Pounds

The Fake money is simply printed so if it got wet from water or any liquid it will start to loose the colors, The material of the paper it self is different, the size of the fake 20 pounds is smaller than the normal 20 pounds.

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