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Identify Fake Notes…

Posted by Deepak Shetty on June 25, 2009

indian-rupeeYou are in emergency you need immediate cash you rush to your nearest ATM, withdraw cash without knowing whether the cash the ATM machine has delivered is fake or not as it’s the ATM of a bank you been banking since past many years. But guys a lot of fake notes have come into market which has also reached the ATM machines of our trusted banks. Terrorists and criminals are manufacturing such notes very intelligently. Duplicate currency is manufactured in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The fake notes are brought into India through Nepal by Pakistan’s ISI and other terrorist groups. The amount of fake Indian currency in existence today is huge. According to one national daily, in UP alone over Rs.40 crores is estimated to be in circulation. This might be the tip of the iceberg. The fake notes generate easy money for terrorists which use it for antisocial activities.

So its very important for us being a Common Man to identify a fake note.

Look at all your notes carefully before taking it from the ATM or receiving it from another person, even if he is a trusted person because fake notes are increasing. Look at some of these things on your notes

Check the Watermark?

Watermark is seen on empty portion on the left side of the note. Hold note against the light. One should be able to see a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in this space, along with multi-directional lines and an electrolyte mark showing the denominational numeral (i.e.100, 500, etc)

Check the Micro-lettering?

Hold the note at eye-level. Look into the gap between the vertical band on the right and the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. In genuine notes, one should be able to see the word RBI and the denominational numeral in this space.

-Hold the bank note horizontally, with the right vertical band facing you. One should be able to see a latent image of the denomination.

-Hold the note up against light. On the left of the portrait and half down the vertical band on the side, one can see a floral design, which appears hollow on the front side and filled up on the opposite side. The denominational numeral can be seen as a whole in this floral design, though the half of the numeral is printed on one side and the other half on the opposite side.

Identification marks – This is to help the visually impaired to identify the denomination

See below the floral design. One can see a dark patch in intaglio print (raised print). The shape of the intaglio print varies according to the denomination of the note. Different shapes for various denominations (Rs 20 – vertical rectangle, Rs 50 – square, Rs 100 – triangle, Rs 500 – circle and Rs 1,000 – diamond) are available.

Other features that appear in intaglio print:

Seal of the RBI, The guarantee and the promise clause, RBI Governor’s signature, The Ashoka pillar emblem, Mahatma Gandhi portrait

As Politicians, experts, retired bureaucrats and media pundits keep quiet on this issue and don’t talk much as financial interests are involved in purchase of Japan made “ Komori” currency printing machines which are inferior to the Swiss made “ Giori” currency printing machines. Its we who have to be careful and take the necessary precaution of our hard earned money , If you get a fake note from an ATM, take it back to the branch from where you initially got it. Provide the time of the transaction, the amounts involved and the denominations . The bank may be able to trace the transaction.

To know more about identifying fake notes as per denominations click on link below :
For 10 Rupess Note, For 20 Rupees Note, For 50 Rupees Note, For 100 Rupees Note, For 500 Rupees Note, For 1000 Rupees Note.

Source : RBI & Google


14 Responses to “Identify Fake Notes…”

  1. tolanisri said

    it is the best idea… to make people aware….
    and i support you friend…..

  2. nishkarsh saxena said

    thanks dude . u have been a great help . i thought i had withdrawn a counterfeit note from the atm . but u made it pretty clear

  3. satishknaidu said


    1000 RUPEES NOTE SERIES :::::

    2AQ , 7AB , 7AC ,8AC ,9AB ,9AA 9BV ,2AU ,7DN ,7CN , 9AT

    500 RUPEES NOTE SERIES::::::::::::::::::

    0EP ,6AB ,6CW ,6BC,6AV,6AC,7CA,
    7DD ,8BP ,8BS ,8PQ ,8DC ,8BB 8DP, 8BF ,8CS ,8DD ,9BK ,9AN
    9AR ,9PN ,9CN, 9OS .

  4. mmmmmmmmmm said

    thanks ur doing gr8 job

  5. Ajay said

    Thanks its most usefull details provided by you all. And all of us should be aware of it.

  6. .s bala said

    thanx u hav done very good job….. keep it up……

  7. shirley said

    thanks sir for the valuable info.. please do continue ur service..

  8. Sumit said

    Thanks a lot Deepak .. but one more important thing.. if you can help : what to do if you find out that your ATM has given you some fake 100/500 rs note ?

  9. samadhan doke said

    Thanks to u reply.

  10. Pranab Kumar Das said

    Thanx, I am enlightened.

  11. Kirit Vora said

    Control on Issuance of fake notes from ATMs and Banks’ Cash Desks & Infiltration of Fake Notes in banking Channel

    In order to ensure control over frequent issuance of Fake notes from ATMs, Banks’ Case Desks
    and Infiltration of Fake Notes in banking channel, it is imperative for Banks to understand and
    recognize some basic but practical facts and fundamental technical differences with regards to
    the two important operations and processes on Currency notes i e

    a) Authentication of genuine notes cum detection of fake notes that could be hidden in the packets of genuine notes ( plus counting and value counting) &

    b) Sorting Processes over genuine notes after removal of fake notes

    Lots of Confusions, Misconception & Misunderstanding seems to have been prevailing amongst
    most of the Banks, ( mainly due to technical complexities involved in the security features of
    the notes,) with regards to the type of machines which are required for Authenticity
    Check & machines that is required for Sorting of Notes; while grossly undermining the serious
    differences in reality, practicality and technicality involved in both the operations.

    Most of the banks have practices of using Sorting Machines for Authenticity Check with
    Simultaneous Process of Sorting of the Notes, which could be one of the many reasons,
    allowing the fake notes to pass through as genuine.

    The Banks presumes that issuable notes passed by the sorters are 100% genuine only. This process allows fake notes to escape as re issuable genuine notes, simply on the basis of matching of fake notes’ images with genuine notes’ images, as scanned by sorters through image sensors.

    Moreover, RBI is very clear in their guidelines to Banks that authentication is the pre requisites of sorting process but most of banks do not follow or understand the message issued by RBI!

    Most of the Banks follow sorting first and authentication for sorted notes later as secondary process. They manually examine the unfit (non re issuable) sorters’ rejected notes to decide which one out of the sorted and rejected notes are fake; grossly ignoring the high probability of passing Fake Notes due to unsuspecting Sorting Parameters like orientation, face up, face down, denomination which could contain fake notes that could probably be passed for matching the said parameters.

    Technically, both the operations on the notes are mutually exclusive for obtaining respective
    accuracies in both these different operations on currency notes. However, both the
    operations are misunderstood and taken as Synonymous and mutually inclusive is the basic
    root cause of the problem.

    The currency authenticity check has been absolutely and directly concerned to national
    Economy, crime, loss of value etc; requiring high level accuracy of detection of fake notes
    Vis- a -Vis less relevant currency sorting process which is concerned only with discrimination of
    Notes on the basis of qualities, denominations, orientations, face up & face down arrangements
    in the packets for convenient handling of genuine notes.

    Currency sorting machine have not bee meant for detection of fake notes and validation of genuine notes; as good quality of fake notes with identical images to that of genuine notes can pass as “Genuine” on the basis of matching of images on the notes. Practically, the Fabrication of identical images on fake notes has become easy tasks now a days by uses of high quality of color scanners, color printers, computers etc.

    The sorters just can discriminate the images and do not verify the physical and chemical properties used in printing the notes. There has to be substantial variation between the material used in the fake notes and materials used in the genuine notes even fake notes are made by specialists with high end infrastructures of generating the fake notes in bulk with other states supports. This is because every security features if examine in details has large number of their own independent technical specifications.

    High Scanning Speed of sorters kills the accuracy of authenticity as with high speed large number of check points are skipped without any check of their respective authenticity, while absolutely depending upon apparent images only.

    Evidently there has been large many instances happening, where in, although notes are said to checked through sorting machines, at the end have been turn out as fake consequently.

    Consequently, Accurate Currency Notes Authenticity check process, through most effective and
    Compatible- to-job Machines, has been an urgent need of time for our Banking Industry for
    Installation at Bank branches, ATM centers, currency chests etc. in order to ensure that fake notes
    do not infiltrate in banking channel

    In case country’s Economy has to be protected properly against any superior level of forgery and against economy wars wage by other countries , the sorting machines are to be replaced by mini forensic lab type currency authenticators at all bank desks.

    Concerned persons of all Banks should visit a web site for genuinely following the guidelines of RBI. The concept is very sincerely explained in the web details

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