SBP Unveils Official App to Detect Fake Currency Notes

In a detailed report on Oct 2015, the State Bank of Pakistan warned Pakistani citizens about the presence of fake currency notes being openly circulated in the market. These fake notes were ones that didn’t have enhanced security measures in them, a staple feature of notes issued between 2005 and 2008.

After a rising chorus of public complaints by people who unwittingly got duped into accepting these fake notes, the task for SBP was clear.

Prime objective? To educate and bring awareness about the issue of fake currency notes being traded in Pakistan.

We heard rumblings about SBP developing an app to help people identify counterfeit notes in Feb 2015. And now it seems that the State Bank has finally followed through with its promise.

Presenting Pakistani BankNotes for iOS and Android

This mobile app for iOS devices (iPad, iPhones) and Android educates you about tell-tale signs behind a real and a fake Pakistani rupee note of any denomination.

Users can select the rupee denomination from the app and see pictures that detail the unique security safeguards built-in in the rupee note. Denominations include 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000 PKR notes.

To download Pakistani BankNotes from iTunes Store, head here. The app requires a minimum of iOS 8 to work on, though it could’ve easily been backwards-compatible with earlier iOS versions and mobile devices.

Android users can download the app from here.

Both Urdu and English versions can be used by Pakistani users based on their preference.


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UV Mode for Checking Currency


How Does It Help You Verify Local Currency Notes?

The app offers 2 ways to check for authenticity of the Pak currency. One, it gives you the image of a genuine note with UV mode. And secondly, it gives you a peek at signs to look out for (with the help of highlighted numbers as seen below).


Check the Numbered Signs for Identifying Marks for Pakistani Currencies

Users can flip the currency and view it from both sides from the Pakistani BankNotes App.

Let us know if you found this app useful.

Samir is the Head of Entertainment at Lens by ProPakistani. You can reach out to him at samir.ya...

  • I thought the app would scan a note less than 3 seconds to tell the person it is a real note – before reading the article :P By the way, good initiative..!!

  • Please go and check details first.

    App is also available on android platform.
    App does not detect the currency it just tells you about the security features of currency notes.

    But App is good at least they are doing something good.

  • Only on iOS? Seriously? It’s the first time I am seeing this from Pakistan I think. Because mostly apps are made for Android here.
    Still, nice initiative!

  • Very good step by State Bank of Pakistan for creating awareness and giving handy tools to public. Very good step and hope that improvements will come on due course of time.

  • What’s the use of this App as all the currency notes and Prize bond list is already been displayed in all banks and branches.

  • Go for currency / note free economy. Every sim user may purchase atleast upto Rs:10,000 monthly via mobile electronically ( as sim register against CNIC) free of tax and charges. There is no need of currency check. This can be possible in corporation with mobile paisa companies and banks. Govt. and SBP should think of it.

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