BANK holiday bargain hunters are being urged to be aware of counterfeit goods when visiting car boots and markets this weekend.
Staffordshire County Council's trading standards team will be out and about to try and catch fraudulent traders but are warning people to be aware of dodgy dealers.
Counterfeit goods are often sold at markets and car boot sales and could leave people out of pocket or in cases of alcohol and tobacco could also be harmful to health.
Councillor Gill Heath, cabinet support member for environment and rural issues at the county council said: "Bank holiday weekends are always a popular time for car boot sales and market events and we want to remind people to be on their guard for counterfeit items. Fakes are increasingly hard to detect just to look at.
"We always say that if something is too good to be true, it usually is."