Just ran into todays news which stated that there are fake RM 100 notes being circulating around in the country. Before this, there were RM50 notes around but now there is even higher value of notes being counterfeited. So folks out there, please check your notes to see if there are fakes ones among them.
When i say check your notes, i do not mean use a fake note detector to check them. Those gadgets can only be seen in banks and casinos. Apparently they claim that its very easy to distinguish the real ones and the fakes. Based on the article from The Star, there are 5 main points to differentiate them. I will highlight them as per below.
“The watermark portrait can be seen easily. At the base of the watermark, the numeral 100 is clearly visible in a real note but absent in counterfeit ones,”.
The MCA are aware of this and they will highlight the event to Bank Negara for further action. They had tried an experiment by using the fake notes with several merchants and suprisingly it got through 5 merchants without being detected. Kind of dangerous rite? What can we do on our side is to make sure that we do not have this fake notes in our possession as we won't know when then next person we hand the note to will say "hey, your notes are fakes and we do not accept them!". So the next time someone hand you a RM100 or RM50 note, you know what to do besides smiling.