Counterfeit money detection:
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Counterfeit money detection: know how is a free source dedicated to providing latestáinformation about the banknotes of major world currencies and methods for detection of counterfeits.This siteácombines a lot of useful information,ávideos, publicationsáof Central banks and other governmentáauthorities about theábanknotes in circulation.áTheácurrencies examined in this site are United States Dollar, Euro, Japanese yen, Pound Sterling, Australian dollarSwiss franc,Canadian dollar, Turkish lira, Indian rupee and Chinese Yuan/ Renminbi.áYou canánavigate between currencies general information pagesáusing index at theáleft side of the page or you can go directly to banknote's description and security features pages using 'Banknotes' button from the menu bar.

What Is Counterfeit Money?

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Counterfeit money is imitation currency designed to look like real government produced currency. In most cases, currency issuance is managed and monitored by a country's central bank. Producing and using counterfeit money is is one of the oldest crimes in history. In the past, counterfeiting was very difficult and expensive. Nowdays, it's much easier to create counterfeit notes using modern digital technology. While it is possible for both paper and coin money to be counterfeited, most counterfeit money today is paper. Governments and central banks use extensive anti-counterfeiting security features to make banknotes more difficult to counterfeit.

How to detect counterfeit money iná4 easy steps ?

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1. Check the paper and raised print.
Banknotes are printed on special paperáthat gives them unique feel. Most of notes are made from cotton fiber paper, unlike most common paper, which is made of wood fiber (used by most of counterfeiters). By running your finger across the note you can feel raised print areas.

2. Check the print quality.
The printed lines and coloursáof theánote are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.

3. Compare theánote with another of the same denomination and series. Hold the bill side by side with another bill.

4. Look at the security features of the banknote- security thread, watermark, optically variable ink, micro-printing, perforations, UV features, See through register,áetc.

What to do if you receive counterfeit money?

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If you heve been offered a counterfeitámoney during transaction,áyouámust refuse the notes andáexplain that you suspect thatáthey may be counterfeit. Ifáyou suspect that a banknotesáare counterfeit after a transaction you have to report to local police station. Write down details of the circumstances of how you came into possession of the counterfeit toáhelp theápolice investigation. Don't try to pass counterfet notesáto someone else. Passing counterfeit money is a serious crime.ááIn most cases it is very difficultáor impossible to change back counterfeit notes after trasaction.

Reproduction of banknotes images

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Every country has legal restrictions on the reproduction of banknote images. The counterfeiting of currency is a crime, and while restrictions vary from country to country, in some countries, any reproduction of banknote images is strictly forbidden. Even in countries that allow some limited use of banknote images, there are specific regulations. You can check a particular country regulations in banknotes reproduction at:

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Every effort is made to provide information that is accurate.áWe give no assuranceáfor information, and take no responsibility forámatters arising from changed circumstances oráwrong source'sáinformation which may affect the accuracy of information on this site.

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