Whether it's adulterated medicine that can kill, bogus batteries that can burn or wannabe Guccis that simply wear out fast (though they may look stylish for a while), counterfeit merchandise is almost impossible to avoid.

According to a recent investigation by Consumer Reports, 14,000 shipments of counterfeits were confiscated in 2006, a record year for seizures. Figures for 2007 are also high. And today's fakes are not just the usual knockoffs, which means consumers need to take special precautions when shopping.

13 December 2007

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