BURTON bargain hunters are being urged to be aware of counterfeit goods when visiting car boot sales or markets.
Staffordshire County Council's trading standards team is warning people that counterfeit items could be offered to them at events such as local markets and car boot sales.
Shoppers are being reminded that counterfeit goods are often poor quality imitations that will leave them out of pocket and, in cases of fake alcohol and tobacco, could also be harmful to their health.
Gill Heath, cabinet support member for environment and rural issues at Staffordshire County Council, said: "We want to remind people to be on their guard for counterfeit items.
"Fakes are increasingly hard to detect just to look at, so when something is being sold at a knock-down price people should be extremely wary.
"We always say that if something is too good to be true, it usually is."