How Do Money Counter With Counterfeit Detection Work?

Counterfeiting money is a multimillion dollar industry in the United States. If you don't protect yourself, or your business, you could quickly end up with bogus currency and could be out hundreds of dollars or more. Many of our customers have purchased and now use portable counterfeit detectors (found here) that they use for scanning $50, $100 and sometimes other denominations. This is a great way to catch counterfeit bills and save yourself money. So how does a counterfeit bill detector work and which type should you use?
Bill counters come in a variety of designs, depending on the amount of money you need to scan and how often you need to use it. Some machines scan everything at once, where other machines have stations that detect different counterfeit elements in a bill. You can read more about important features in bills by going here. Here are the four most common counterfeit detection methods used today:
Magnetic (MG) – US currency uses magnetic ink in strategic areas that can be detected by a counterfeit bill detector with magnetic detection.
Ultraviolet (UV) – US bills have ultraviolet strips (inscribed security thread) placed in different areas, based on the value of the denomination. The location of this strip will let you know what the value of the bill is. This method of counterfeit detection is excellent for catching bills that have been bleached and re-printed with higher denominations.
Watermark (WM) – Modern US bills have a watermark built into the bill. The watermark is of the face of the individual printed on the bill. Using a light, this watermark can be viewed and authenticity of the bill can be verified.
Ink Pen – The counterfeit pen uses special ink that reacts with starches found in regular paper (not present in bills). If the ink shows up, the bill is counterfeit. If the ink is clear, the bill is probably real.
Visual – There are many visual elements found in a US bill that can be seen by the naked eye or with a magnifying glass. Some of those visual elements can be seen by going here .
Now that we have established the counterfeit features built into a bill, what type of machine should you use? Here are a few examples of machines you may want to use.
Bill Counter w/ Counterfeit Detection (found here) – Many modern bill counters include ultraviolet, magnetic or both types of detection. This is a very fast way to scan through a stack of bills. If the bill doesn’t pass the UV / MG test, the machine will stop and audibly alert the operator.
Handheld UV ScannersHandheld UV Light (found here) – These are handheld UV lights that can be held over a bill to highlight the UV properties. This is a cheap and affordable way to verify money. These are especially popular because they are often battery-powered and are very easy to move around.
Counterfeit Bill Scanner (found here) – These scanners use very sophisticated technology to scan a bill for multiple properties. Many can even verify the denomination value of the bill being scanned. It usually takes a second or two for the bill to be scanned. The machine will then alert the operator as to the authenticity of the banknote.
Counterfeit Bill Detector StationsCounterfeit Station (found here) – Counterfeit detection stations are tabletop devices that usually incorporate several counterfeit detection technologies. Many of these stations, like the ABC-95, include a magnetic ink scanner, backlit light, UV light, magnifying glass and a counterfeit detection pen.
At Office Zone, we offer several counterfeit bill detectors (found here). The model you use depends on the business, volume of bills being handled and where the bills need to be scanned. We have years of experience with money handling devices including counterfeit bill detectors. If you have questions, please give us a call at 1-800-543-5454.

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