While counterfeiting is minimal in Fiji we have recently seen a spate of counterfeit notes being used for transactions.
In general we have found the counterfeits passed in Fiji are usually of poor quality and can be spotted quite easily if people take the time for a quick examination. Our appeal to the public is to at least check the main security features such as the watermark (i-taukei man), security thread and other foil features on paper notes when receiving them. These basic security features are easily identifiable within a few seconds for those well versed in the notes’ security features and who know what to look for. For businesses that have ultra violet light sources, the notes will also emit special fluorescent features when placed against such light sources. This is a powerful recognition tool in low light conditions.
These security features will be missing on counterfeit notes. For cashiers who handle notes on a daily basis, “feel” of the note also becomes an important ally as the quality of the counterfeit paper is usually very different from that of real notes.