How to tell if your Mexican banknotes are counterfeit.
The handling of foreign currency creates a whole new set of challenges for the business or vacation traveller.
The Bank of Mexico has a webpage dedicated to explaining the security features of the Mexican coins and banknotes so you don’t get bamboozled. Verifying Mexican banknote authenticity
Learn about the security features in Mexican banknotes to eliminate the possibility of receiving “funny money” during your travels.
Security features in manufactured Mexican banknotes – A quick chart to help identify the security features in the current banknotes in circulation in Mexico.
If you believe you have counterfeit Mexican currency, bring it to the attention of a Mexican bank for verification. If the banknote is counterfeit you will not be reimbursed for it’s value, but you might avoid going to jail. Passing counterfeit currency is illegal in Mexico.
The US Department of State Consular information sheet for Mexico states “ A number of Americans have been arrested for passing on counterfeit currency they had earlier received in change. If you receive what you believe to be a counterfeit bank note, bring it to the attention of Mexican law enforcement.”