A haul of “high quality” counterfeit 100 RMB notes beginning with the serial number NH37 have been circulating in Guangdong, Chongqing, Jiangsu, Changchun and other provinces and fooling even the most experienced and suspicious of shopkeepers.
A bathhouse owner surnamed Wang in Changchun is one of the first people to have spotted NH37 counterfeits in the city. Wang, who’s run the bathhouse for years, said this is the first time he’s misjudged a counterfeit bill. Typically, Wang would tell cashiers to touch the bill to gauge authenticity, then use an ultraviolet light to check for the invisible “100” in the middle of the note, but these methods don’t work on the new NH37 counterfeit bills.
This isn’t the first time massive loads of counterfeit money managed to trickle into circulation. Back in 2009, the Chinese government posted warnings to alert the nation about a number of HD90 counterfeit bills getting passed off as the real deal.
According to officials, these kinds of “high quality” counterfeits have three obvious defects:
First, if you check the color-printed number “100” on the lower-left corner of the bill from different angles, it should change to blue or green. The counterfeit bills will never change colors.
Secondly, if you touch the printed image of Mao Zedong, the national emblem and other patterns on the bill, the texture should feel a bit uneven.
Finally, if it’s a real bill, the security line running through the middle of the note will always be continuous. The security lines of the counterfeits are disconnected.
Here is an English guide from the China Travel on how to detect fake Chinese money.
Previously on Shanghaiist: Fake money issued by ‘Children’s Bank of China’ duping residents