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Tools to Help Detect Counterfeit Bills
Currency counterfeiting is a problem that can affect both business owners and managers, and the general public. No business wants to end up with a pile of counterfeit bills at the end of the day, just as honest citizens don't want to walk around with counterfeit bills in their wallets. Even though you may come upon a counterfeit bill or two accidentally, you may have a hard time explaining that to authorities if you happen to get caught using it to pay for something. And with so many business equipped with counterfeit bill detectors, that possibility is increasingly likely. Businesses of all types and sizes who regularly exchange money with customers as part of their business are fighting back against counterfeiters with different counterfeit bill detector tools.
One tool that businesses use are counterfeit pens. A counterfeit pen resembles any normal writing pen, but is actually an effective counterfeit bill detector. A counterfeit pen is basically a counterfeit testing device to give an indication of whether a particular bill is legitimate or a counterfeit. With counterfeit pens, a store employee simply makes a small mark on the bill. Depending on the characteristics of the specific brand of pen, the mark will turn one color to indicate a good bill and another color to indicate a counterfeit bill. Counterfeit pens are relatively inexpensive and have the potential to save thousands of dollars over their lifetime. Even private consumers can carry around counterfeit pens to test the bills they get from banks, or as change from stores when purchases are made. It is a quick and inexpensive solution to getting stuck with counterfeit bills you definitely don't want.
If you own or run a busy retail store, a more substantial counterfeit bill detector may be a more efficient tool than just counterfeit pens. Some countertop counterfeit bill detectors use technology like infrared imaging and strong microprocessors to compare the images of the bill presented in the machine to images of good bills in the memory. This type of counterfeit bill detector will let you know right away if the bill is a counterfeit. Most counterfeit bill detectors won't take up a lot of space behind the counter, and are easy for employees to learn.
Another type of counterfeit bill detector uses a strong UV lamp to reveal the various security features that are hidden within the bills and aren't visible to the naked eye. These types of detectors are usually available in small, portable units or as a larger unit that attaches to the wall. Using one generally consists of flipping a switch and simply looking at the bill to see if it has the necessary marks.
Regardless of the type of counterfeit bill detector you end up using, it's a wise purchase that could pay big dividends down the road. The more counterfeit bills that are removed from circulation, the better it will be for everyone. Businesses will lose less money, consumers will avoid getting into trouble and the criminals will see their business suffer.