Counterfeit dollar bills of any denomination may go unperceived at a glance. While many rarely give a second thought to the negative effects that counterfeit money has on society, there are several different reasons to fight this growing phenomenon.
Unfortunately, developments in photocopying and computer technology have made the illegal reproduction of currency bills easier than ever. Because of this, it is important to play close attention to the money you handle in order to ward off any counterfeits. Whether at a bank, retail business, or even at home, a counterfeit bill detection device may be worthwhile if you handle large numbers of dollar bills. There are several different types of counterfeit money detectors. The most common devices are described below.
Counterfeit Detector Pen People who use color copiers and color printers for counterfeiting purposes attempt to create merely passable reproductions of paper money bills. These counterfeiters are not particularly cautious or accurate, so they copy or print onto normal, wood-based paper. Authentic bills are printed on special, fiber-based paper. UV Counterfeit Detection Machines Banknotes that are created by a color copy machine or printer produce a superficial image that merely rests on the surface of paper. Because of this, the artificial image of the bill can easily be detected when an Ultra Violet light is placed over it. In addition, tiny particles of printer toner outside the image, also known as bleed can be easily seen with a UV light. Many bill counters have a UV light built into the machine. The UV counterfeit detection method is very effective, since it does not allow for human error. If a counterfeit banknote is run through the UV machine, an alarm or light will alert you that the bill is counterfeit. Other types of counterfeit detection methods include: Magnetic Detection or MG detection, Magnifying Detection, Watermark Detection, Lighted Reflection, etc.