According to the State Bank of Vietnam, the amount of fake bank notes this year has fallen by 24 percent and 60 percent over 2010 and 2009.

Polymer bills account for 97 percent of the fake notes, 44 percent of which is 50,000 dong notes while the 100,000 dong bills take up 28 percent.

It is recommended by the central bank that the public can detect fake money on certain security features including watermark images, security threads, and ink colors.

People can also try tearing the note's edge to check whether it is fake since the counterfeit note is nylon-made, which is easily torn than the real polymer one, the central bank said.

Tuoi Tre - August 9, 2011