How to recognize fake money

A write-up educating people on ways to identify fakes money notes.

From the time paper money was invented, conmen and fraudsters have always attempted to produce fakes.

It is therefore unfortunate to see that many people have fallen victims to their contrivances.

Whether you are a business manager or a petty cashier, or anything else, the ability to easily detect fake notes should be of utmost importance to you.

So, here we go:


1. Colour and Texture test.

Try as they might, fraudsters still fail to produce notes with the exact color and texture of the original notes. The easiest way to detect it is to see if the color appears too dark or too light. In most cases, the contrast is too dark, and you'll be able to spot it easily.

Sometimes, they succeed in the color, but the texture? No. You only need to feel it in your palms, and you'll find it is too soft, like ordinary paper.


2. Ink test

To be sure, you can add a little water to the note and try brushing it or washing it lightly. If the ink washes away, then no doubt about it, it is fake.


3. Gold foil test

The gold foil is particularly prominent in the 1000naira note. Lightly scratch it for a test, and see whether it peels or not.

Sure enough, it will peel off if it is fake.


4. UV ray test

This is basically passing ultraviolet radiation through the note. A common source of this is to raise it to the sunlight, a cheap source of Uv rays.

Compare the result with an assured note, and you will clearly recognize the fake.


5. Thread test

You will find a thin ribbon-like thread on the notes running from up to down. On the fake ones, you will only see the ink, made to look similar. 


6. Mercury bulb test.

Now, this is a sure way to identify the Original from the fakes. It is mostly used by banks to detect special additions to the note that cannot be seen by the naked eye and can never be copied by anyone.


Now, you know what is true and what is fake. Do not be scammed.