By Claire West
The UK Border Agency is today warning shoppers to be on their guard for fake goods this Christmas and that counterfeit items they buy online from overseas are likely to be stopped and seized at the border.
Gifts, including Ugg Boots, ghd hair straighteners and Links of London jewellery, are not always as they seem and items such as fake electrical goods could even be dangerous, as they are unlikely to have been through the same safety checks as the real deal.
A YouGov survey carried out for the charity Crimestoppers revealed that three in 10 adults have purchased something believing it was authentic, only to find out later it was a fake.
Assistant Director Grant Miller from the UK Border Agency's International Trade Division at Heathrow, said:
"Many of us are looking to get a bargain over the festive period, but counterfeit goods are often dangerous and the proceeds can be used to fuel serious organised crime.
"Fakes also cheat British taxpayers and undercut honest businesses.
"UK Border Agency officers work tirelessly to stop counterfeit goods getting in to the country and are highly trained to spot fakes.
"My message to the public is straightforward: if something appears too good to be true, it probably is."