What are counterfeit goods?
Fake goods are illegal copies of products, and are also known as
'counterfeit' or 'pirated' goods. Counterfeit products take
many forms, including clothing, DVDs, perfume and jewellery. Car
parts, tyres, tools, electrical goods, batteries and children's
toys are also copied.
These products may seem like a bargain or you may be unfortunate
enough to have been duped into paying the retail price for what you
believed was a genuine item.
Why shouldn't you buy counterfeit goods?
Counterfeit products may be poor quality, faulty or unsafe to
use. Sales of fake goods can fund organised crime, such as
drug dealing, human trafficking and prostitution. They can also
provide an additional, undeclared income to benefit cheats.
How to spot them
Price, place and packaging are all indicators of whether
something is genuine, and supermarkets, well-known retailers and
brand-name websites are much less likely to sell fakes. But a vast
range of products for sale in the street, in temporary shops,
markets or online could be counterfeit.
Read our tips on how to spot counterfeit
How to report counterfeit goods
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