As times get tougher and quality jobs get harder to come by, desperate people may begin to employ desperate measures, including the use of counterfeit money. While this may seem like a quick fix for those who need money fast, it can have far-reaching effects that can put countless others at risk themselves. If you are a business owner, discovering that some of your funds are actually counterfeit can put your business, no matter what size it is, in financial jeopardy.
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How Counterfeit Money is Made
Part of combating the problem of counterfeit currency is to understand how it is made in the first place. In the past, most counterfeiters used computers and high quality scanners and printers to simply copy the money, but many such devices on the market today detect that the user is trying to copy money and produce an imperfect image on purpose, making it unusable for counterfeiting purposes. Newer currency also includes a plethora of security features built into the bill itself that are very difficult to replicate.
Simply printing it on paper is not an option as pens would detect it in an instant and most people would never be fooled by something printed on plain paper. Even with artificial wear from repeatedly crumpling up the phony bill, it still wouldn’t feel quite right. Once the money’s look is successfully copied, serious counterfeiters will then turn their attention to what the money is printed on. American dollar bills are made of a high quality material that ensures the money survives in scenarios where accidental exposure to water may be involved. This keeps the money from being destroyed except in extreme circumstances such as a fire. It also guards against damage or loss from tearing the bill.
While the type of paper used to make counterfeit bills is widely available, the actual, exact kind used by the federal government, which would produce the most realistic counterfeit bills, is next to impossible to find for very obvious reasons. Some counterfeiters go as far as bleaching real money and then reprinting it into higher denominations, but then there is also the issue of the special ink used to print money, as it changes color in the light. There is also the issue of the security strip and the watermark found on the bill, which cannot be reproduced without the proper equipment. American currency, with the aid of the many other security features built into today’s dollar bills, is nearly impossible to replicate perfectly.