Goods are counterfeit if they carry the trademark of a company but were not actually made by that company.
All sorts of goods are falsely trademarked but the most common include clothing, perfume and DVDs. It is a criminal offence to produce counterfeit goods. It is also a criminal offence for a trader to display or sell counterfeit goods.
Offences relating to counterfeit goods are in the Trade Marks Act 1994. Offences in relation to counterfeit books, records and DVDs are covered by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
If you buy counterfeit goods you do not have any consumer rights if the goods are not of satisfactory quality, as described or fit for purpose. Safety can also be an issue, and fake electrical goods, perfumes, aftershaves and other items have the potential to cause bodily harm. You may also be supporting organised crime by purchasing fake goods.
If you suspect an item you have purchased is counterfeit, contact PSNI on 101 or Consumerline on 0300 123 6262.