Watches are among the many examples of counterfeit goods
Trading standards officers in the UK have warned against the temptation of buying cheaper counterfeit goods during the recession.
A growing trade in fake electrical equipment, toys and medicines was increasing safety risks, the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) said.
The group said that the market for counterfeit products could amount to 15% of world trade.
Fake electrical products valued at £30m, reached the UK each year.
"There is a lot of publicity around counterfeit watches, designer clothes, CDs and DVDs, but consumers and businesses should also be aware of fake electrical installation goods which pose a real risk to the health and safety to people, and damage to property," said Bryan Lewin, of the TSI.
"These fake products will always be sub-standard and have caused fatalities."