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Holiday shoppers warned about proliferation of counterfeit products


BOSTON — Authorities are warning consumers to be wary of counterfeit products that flood the market in stores and online shopping sites during the holiday season.

Federal agencies will be conducting increased operations during the holiday season targeting the importation and distribution of counterfeit products.

Bruce Foucart, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in New England, said counterfeit products include everything from prescription drugs to headphones, sports jerseys, toys, luxury goods, shoes and perfumes.

Foucart urged caution before ordering products online or buying something with a price that seems too good to be true. He added that consumers should make sure there is a secure way to pay for an order on a website to make sure their personal financial information isn't put at risk.

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