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How to detect fake Kenyan money | Features of fake Kenyan notes


There are a lot of conmen and thieves who work day and night to get money from Kenyans in unjust ways. Some of them have even gone ahead of technology to come up with dubious means of minting their own notes which they exchange to unsuspecting Kenyans with real notes or they simply use them successfuly to do purchases leaving the business people to face the consequences of having fake notes. It might be hard to identify the fake notes but it is possible to tell the fake from real. Here are some of the ways to tell if a note is fake;


There is a difference in the touch and feel of fake money compared to real note. The genuine notes are made of fine linen making them a bit rough in texture compared to fake notes. The fake notes can easily tear as compared to genuine ones.

Not glowing under UV lights

If you observe the fake notes against the UV or neon lights, you will not be able to see the finer details of the notes. On the other hand, genuine notes have watermark of the currency value which is visible under UV lights.

No Lion watermark

When a genuine note is held up to the light, a portrait of a lion’s head in three dimensions can be seen. The watermark appears three-dimensional, with different parts being dark and bright in tone. The banknote’s value number is displayed beneath the watermark. When the note is brought up to the light, this number may be seen. When held up to the light, both the face and the value numeral show some brightness.


Fake notes can easily fade in colour especially when in contact with water. You canneasily rub it off with your hand when you pour water on it. This will automatically tell you it is fake.

Security thread

Genuine banknotes all contain a recognizable braided thread that runs vertically along the right side of the bills. When held up to the light, the thread appears as a continuous line and reveals a series of lettering that includes the note’s denomination numeral and the initials CBK.

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