Resources for detecting counterfeit cash
Find, download and share posters and resources on how to spot a fake banknote.
Look, feel, tilt
By regularly taking a second look we can all do our bit to stop people losing out through a fake note. Always remember — look, feel and tilt a banknote to check it is genuine.
Quick ways to spot a counterfeit banknote (PDF, 108 KB)
This guide is designed for businesses and trainers and includes information on:
- the security features on Series 6 and Series 7 banknotes
- how to apply the look, feel and tilt technique to check if a banknote is fake
- how to handle polymer banknotes
- what to do if someone gives you a fake banknote.
Banknotes: identifying the real thing (PDF, 1.6 MB)
An information sheet about the security features on Series 7 banknotes, and how to check them.
How to spot a counterfeit note – Series 7 (PDF, 102 KB)
An information sheet about the security features on Series 6 banknotes, and how to check them.
How to spot a counterfeit note – Series 6 (PDF, 165 KB)
An information sheet with tips on how to carefully handle a New Zealand banknote.
Tips for handling polymer banknotes (PDF, 166 KB)
The posters below can be printed in any size. You just need to adjust your printer settings.
Look, Feel, Tilt - A4 (portrait) (PDF, 236 KB)
Look, Feel, Tilt - A4 (landscape) (PDF, 309 KB)