Our trading standards team work closely with many partners organisations, including brand representatives, auction and sales websites, market operators, HMRC and the police to stop counterfeit goods being sold.
Buying fake goods can help fund serious organised crime and cost jobs in legitimate businesses.
Counterfeiting causes harm in many ways, including:
- poor quality goods
- dangerous or unsafe products
- fewer jobs (affecting genuine businesses and harming the UK economy)
- negatively affecting lives (it's a criminal offence to make or sell counterfeits and carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years)
Counterfeit goods can include:
- clothing and footwear
- CDs and DVDs
- cigarettes and alcohol
- cosmetics and perfumes
- electrical items (power tools, software, games and consoles)
- fashion accessories (bags, belts, purses, sunglasses, jewellery, watches)
- health care (condoms and medicines)
If you'd like to know more about the fight against fakes, visit the Anti counterfeiting group website.
Page last updated: 04 April 2017