Steps to Identify a FAKE Bank Note (Indian)?

It might seem baffling, but fake notes are spread all across the globe. It is harming the global economic state which is hazardous for people in general. Counterfeit notes are hard to notice, but like any other counterfeit goods, if one looks closely enough they might spot the difference.

Since India is apparently the world’s largest producers of bank notes, RBI has devised some security measures which should help people identify a counterfeit banknote.
It is a widely known fact that the Indian banknotes have Mahatma Gandhi’s picture printed on them, but there is also a watermark which presents at the end of each banknote and is only visible when its held against any light source.

Security Thread
Every Indian Note consists of a vertical line of security thread that goes from somewhere in the middle right beside Mahatma Gandhi’s face. This thread is also visible when the note is held near any light source.

Presence of a Latent Image
On the right-hand side of Mahatma Gandhi’s picture, there is a latent image that shows the numerical equivalence of that note. Half of its design can be observed just by looking closely and the other half when kept near any light source.

To check this out, a magnifier is required. Present just between the vertical band and the picture of Gandhi, these micro-letters when seen with a magnifier shows the word RBI along with the denominational values of specific notes.

Intaglio Print
It is a type of printing where the image gets engraved giving one a feel of the print with its undulations. All the highlighting portions of a note, i.e., from the Reserve Bank seal to RBI Governor’s signature.

This feature might not be visible to the naked eyes for obvious reasons, but it acts as a mark of authenticity.

If one follows the protocols mentioned above, then they can definitely be able to rid themselves the hassles of getting duped notes. In any case, do not forget to return the counterfeit note to a respective bank so that it can be reported for the apprehension of further instances like these.