Officers from the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA) have been talking to travellers at Glasgow Airport to drive home the message and show people examples of fake goods.
Detective Chief Inspector Ronnie Megaughin, from the SCDEA, said: ‘The trade in fake goods is not a victimless crime – there is no such thing. It is linked to a bigger and more serious picture.
‘Those who are involved in this illegal activity are very often also responsible for peddling drugs in our communities, forcing people into the sex trade and trading in firearms.’
He added: ‘We are all tempted by a bargain, but the fake goods that you see at markets at home and abroad – such as football shirts, handbags, watches and sunglasses – are being sold to raise funds for organised crime groups.’
Mr Megaughin explained that the global nature of the criminal underworld could mean that the ‘cash you spend at markets on holiday is being used to fund drug dealing in your local area.’
Officers warned that holidaymakers could also encounter health risks associated with fake electrical goods, cigarettes and alcohol because they are not subject to the same health and safety regulations as their legitimate counterparts.
Mr Megaughin said there were signs people could look for to help spot a fake.
He said: ‘Price, place and packaging are all indicators of whether something is genuine or not. It is unlikely that genuine designer brands would be on sale at market stalls, and if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
‘We are urging people to think very carefully before buying these products. It is up to all of us to help tackle this problem and reduce the impact of serious organised crime. The public can help by deciding not to buy fake goods.’
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