Feb 19

Last night I went back home to calculate money collected from my Magnetic therapy health center. When I was counting the RM100 notes, I realized one piece was rather strange. That particular note felt very smooth compared to the other notes. I took it up and examined it.

Oppsss… I got a fake RM100 note!

Find anything wrong with this RM100 note?

Find anything wrong with this RM100 note?

The real RM100 - front

The real RM100 - front

Anything wrong at the back?

Anything wrong at the back?

The real RM100 - back

The real RM100 - back

This is the first time I received fake money. But then, maybe I did get some before without realizing it. Following this incident, I’ll inform my staff to check for fake note in the future. We won’t use money detector for the moment. At least we should check for the note smoothness and appearance.

For the fake RM100 I got, the difference is quite obvious. It felt especially smooth. Since our RM100 note is still made of paper, it shouldn’t be so smooth. What can you do to check this?

It’s simple. Make sure you drag your finger for about 2 to 3 cm on each note while you’re counting money. This lets you get its surface feel. Any different surface feel should get your attention.

Then, you can check for its appearance and security features. The fake note I got has several obvious flaws. Here are some of the comparison photos taken by my sister using her Nikon D80. Left photo is the fake note. And of course, right photo is the real one.

Obviously, the king is angry!

Obviously, the King is angry!

"Security seal" with key logo instead of RM100?

"Security seal" with key logo instead of RM100 holographic seal?

This one has watermark! Too fake however.

This one has watermark! Too fake however.

Security thread - no "BNM RM100"

Security thread - no "BNM RM100"

The "100" mark seems being stamped

The "100" mark seems being stamped

Flat - Braille dots are not embossed

Flat - Braille dots are not embossed

What would you do if you have a fake note? Thoughts that may come to our mind are:

  • Can the bank money deposit machine accept my note?
  • Should I use it to buy something?
  • Is it better to use it as one piece or use it together with other notes?

Personally, I just accept my loss and learn to be more careful in the future. If I don’t want this fake money, nobody wants it. Passing my problem to others is not a good idea.

Don’t be too sad on this loss. I just treat it as a small loss. It’s okay because more money will come to me in the future!

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3 Responses to “Fake RM100 note”

  1. Alan Says:

    Did u tilt and managed to see number 100 on the checker are where U put the writing “specimen”?

  2. James Pang Says:

    Alan, 100 on the checker can be seen when you tilt it. But it’s slightly out of shape and the line is not complete.

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