Monday, December 10, 2012

How to check fake new RM100 notes

Many Malaysian still don't how to check for fake new RM100 notes. The recent counterfeit RM100 news in Melaka has cause people to realize that the new banknotes can also be counterfeited. The fake notes quality are not that good but many people still duped by the notes.

You can avoid receiving a counterfeit banknotes if you know and understand about Malaysia new banknotes security features. You don't need to bring a UV light anywhere you go since most of the low quality fake notes don't have any security features like on the real banknotes.

Bank Negara Malaysia incorporated new security features to protect against threats posed by continuing improvement in colour copiers, scanners or printers. You just need to learn about the security features that cannot be copied by the counterfeiters and use the knowledge to check any RM100 notes that you received.

In this post, I share with you on how to spot fake RM100 by only looking and touching the banknote obverse since most of us want to conclude our sale & purchase fast.

How to check fake new RM100 notes:

1. Brighter/weird looking color
Most of the time, the counterfeit RM100 notes printed using normal inkjet printer has a more brighter color then the original RM100 banknotes. Counterfeiter cannot copy the color used by the original banknotes because they're using cheap inkjet printer.

The overall color of the banknote might look different from the original or some part of it will not have the same color brightness as the original notes. You need to get use with Malaysia banknotes color to detect a fake notes.

If the color feel/look weird, check for the notes other security features.

2.Low quality paper
Fake notes usually are using low quality paper compare with a genuine banknotes. You need to get used with touching the genuine notes to make sure you will be aware if you received any fake. Genuine banknotes are slightly rough when touched and it is different when compared to normal pulp based paper.

3. Without intaglio print (raised printing effect)
Intaglio Print is a raised printing effect produced by applying layers of tactile inks on various parts of the front and reverse sides of the notes. You can just touch the raised printing area to check for genuine notes. Cheap quality fake notes will most probably don't have any raised printing effect on them.

Looking at the picture I show on top, you can find the raised printing effect at 'red circle number 1':
-The portrait of the First Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong
-Numeral '100' near Gabenor signature.
-Wording 'Bank Negara Malaysia' on center top of the notes.
-Wording 'Ringgit Malaysia' below Agong portrait.
-Wording 'RM 100' on top of Agong portrait.
-also on the 3 lines near the Watermark Portrait.

4. Look at the banknote against white light
If you look at the fake banknote against white light you most probably cannot see:
-Perfect see-through register- a complete formation of numeral 100 (black circle number 2).
-Watermark Potrait (black circle number 3).
-Numeral 100 (black circle number 4).
RM100 paper
-Embedded thread-continuous dark line embedded in the paper

5. Tilt the banknote
Tilt your RM100 banknote and look at the Micro-lense security thread, you can see that the image of 'Bunga Raya' in the thread moves on the original RM100 banknote.

BNM also incorporated other security features that you can check using magnifier and UV light. You can read more about it at their website; RM100 security features. This tips meant for normal small trade like at the pasar malam, market, grocery stores or other small business people to understand the security features on the new hundred ringgit notes.

Here is a video by me on How to check fake new RM100 notes.

Pictures of fake 100 ringgit banknotes that we can found in the news:
rm100 palsu

fake rm100