How to Detect Counterfeit Money

There are two ways to detect counterfeit money: 1) by looking at the physical characteristics of the bill, and 2) by scanning the bill through a special lamp designed to detect fake currency.

HOW TO DETECT COUNTERFEIT MONEY THROUGH PHYSICAL INSPECTION

Counterfeiters may be able to copy one or two security features but definitely not all eight of them. If you know how to check these eight features, you should be able to quickly spot a fake bill.

COLOR SHIFTING INK

All denominations of $5 and above that were released since 1996 have this security feature. Under UV light, an authentic bill will glow in its correct color.

$5 – glows blue
$10 – glows orange
$20 – glows green
$50 – glows yellow
$100 – glows pink
RAISED PRINTING

An authentic U.S. reserve note should not be smooth. Raised printing can be detected by running your fingernail down the collar/jacket. You should feel an unsmooth texture from the ridges.

BLURRY LINES

Authentic bills are extremely detailed, with super fine lines created by die-cut printing plates. Printers that are often used by counterfeiters often lack this sophistication, making it impossible to duplicate the quality of micro-printing.

RED AND BLUE THREADS

An authentic bill will have tiny red and blue threads woven within the fabric. Counterfeiters try to mimic this by printing similar red and blue patterns on the surface of the bill.

WATERMARK

The watermark is usually a hologram of the face on the bill. It is located in an unprinted space to the right of the portrait and can be seen from both sides of the bill.

The watermark will be visible when you hold the bill up to the light
The watermark is not printed on the bill but embedded in the paper
The watermark face should match the face on the bill

SECURITY THREAD

The security thread is a vertical strip that runs from top to bottom, featuring a micro-printed text spelling out the denomination. For example: on the $5 bill, “USA FIVE” is written on the security thread.

SECURITY RIBBON ON NEW $100 BILLS

The Department of Treasury has added an extra security feature on the new $100 bill. Down the right middle is a visible 3D security ribbon in blue color.

SERIAL NUMBERS AND PRINTING SERIES

Make sure the serial number matches the series and year the bill was printed. The first letter of the serial number corresponds to a specific year.

HOW TO SPOT FAKE MONEY THROUGH COUNTERFEIT DETECTION TOOLS

Counterfeit money detectors come in a wide range of styles and prices. Here are some of the most common types, listed from the cheapest and most unreliable to the most accurate and expensive.

COUNTERFEIT PENS

For around $5, you can purchase a counterfeit money pen. Fake bills are made of wood-based paper. The iodine solution on the pen will react with the starch on the paper and leave a dark mark. Authentic bills are made of fiber-based paper so there won’t be any marks.

With the arrival of digital printing, counterfeiters have found a way to treat fake bills so they can pass the pen test.

ULTRAVIOLET LAMPS

This type of lamp shines ultraviolet light on the bill to verify its UV marks. These images are made of dye that is only visible under UV light.

WATERMARK LAMPS

Watermark lamps are specially designed with light that is capable of displaying watermarks that are invisible to the naked eye.

MAGNETIC INK SCANNERS

These counterfeit money detectors identify the magnetic ink and metal threads located on different areas of a banknote.

MULTI-TEST SCANNERS

State-of-the-art counterfeit money detectors are the best way to eliminate fraudulent bills. These machines are fitted with advanced imaging software that can detect multiple security features – including the exact dimensions of a banknote – with 100% accuracy. Any fake bill will automatically be rejected.

Protect your business from financial loss by purchasing a counterfeit money detector and teaching your employees how to check for fake currency. Here at Self Defense Superstore, we have what you need. Browse our products today!

10 Gadget To Keep You Safe On The Road

According to the National Safety Council, road accidents killed more than 40,000 people in 2017. It is the second consecutive year the United States has had fatalities close to this figure.

While carmakers have modernized car safety features to prevent accidents, the death toll remains high. Many of these deaths were preventable if the driver was not speeding, drunk, fatigued or distracted.

Make sure you and your passengers are safe while on the road. Here are some gadgets that you might want to consider investing on!

WEARABLE WAKE UP DEVICE

Have you ever fallen asleep on the wheel? It’s a terrifying feeling, and one that can be avoided with the use of a wearable wake up device. Worn around the forehead like a headband, the U-Wake monitors the electrical pulses in your brain and calculates fatigue level. The U-Wake smartphone app then alerts you as well as your family and friends to keep you awake.

SMART DRIVING ASSISTANT

Smart driving assistants monitor your driving habits. Through a small camera installed on your dashboard, the device monitors your lane position, distance from the car in front of you, and other information. It analyzes data in real time and sends visual and audible alerts if there is a potential problem.

180° REARVIEW MIRROR

Instead of the standard 52° stock mirror, a rearview mirror with 180° field of view shows you all of the vehicles behind you across an entire five-lane highway. This alerts you of adjacent vehicles and reduces the headlight glare of trailing vehicles by 50 percent. It easily clamps to your existing rear view mirror so you don’t have to replace it.

360° BLIND SPOT MIRROR

Driving through a crowded street, or parking in reverse, can be difficult. Installing a 360° blind spot mirror widens the viewing angle of your side mirrors. As a result, you will have a clearer view of your surroundings when maneuvering the vehicle.

CAR MONITORING APPS

No matter how thorough you are when it comes to car maintenance, problems do show up – and sometimes, in the worst time possible. Car monitoring apps such as Engie help drivers keep track of the status and health of important parts of a vehicle. When a malfunction is detected, the app alerts the driver immediately. According to its French manufacturer, Engie can diagnose more than 10,000 car faults.

SIGNAL JAMMER

Plugging this transmitter into the OBD-II port of your car blocks phone signals so you won’t be able to send text messages, access emails, make phone calls, and browse the Internet while the car is moving. It automatically unblocks the signal when the car stops or when a hands-free device is connected to your phone.

EMERGENCY ESCAPE TOOL

In cases of emergency, a small escape tool can be a lifesaver. This clever little keychain works two ways. First, it is a stainless steel hammer that can break window glass when needed. Second, it is a razor-sharp blade that lets you cut the seat belt in case you are stuck.

DIGITAL TIRE GAUGE

Tire manufacturers highly recommend that car owners check the pressure at least once a week. Low tire pressure increases the chance for puncture, loss of traction, and vehicles going wayward. Digital tire gauges are designed to measure pressure instantly. Some devices offer multiple monitoring that also checks temperature and battery voltage.

PEPPER SPRAY

In order to stay safe on the road, you need to protect yourself at all times. If your car breaks down, or you get a flat, it’s important to be aware and alert. In case a carjacker was to give you a hard time, pepper spray allows time for escape.

CAR SAFETY KIT

Go all out for a discounted price, with a car safety kit that has everything you could ever need for protection or an emergency. A collection assembled with pepper spray, a first aid kit, and 3-in-1 emergency auto escape tool, you will never be unprepared.