During the first half of 2013, Bank Indonesia discovered 2,141 counterfeit Indonesian Rupiah bank notes, 97% of which were in the denomination of Rp 100,000 bills.
According to Bank Indonesia, the amount of fake Indonesian Rupiah notes increased 54% from the same period in 2012 when the Bank confiscated 1,386 counterfeit notes in Bali.
The chief of the Bali Branch of Bank Indonesia, Dwi Pranoto, issued a statement on Thursday, July 18, 2013, asking the public to help detect the presence of counterfeit Indonesian Rupiah bank notes by:
- Looking at a bank note, blurred printing is a sign of counterfeiting. Official Rupiah bank notes have sharp and distinct printing impressions.
- Rub you fingers along the bank note where the value of the note is shown. The surface should be rough, presenting a slight embossment of the denomination numbers.
- Hold Indonesia bank bills up to a light. All genuine currency issued by Bank Indonesia has a watermark image depicting an Indonesian revolutionary hero.
Bank officials encourage wider use of non-cash forms of payment, such as credit cards and Internet banking to reduce the incidence of currency fraud.
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