Fake beauty products containing rats’ droppings, human urine and toxic chemicals are endangering consumers’ health, police say.
Make-up, perfume, electrical hair stylers and sun cream are among the counterfeit goods being highlighted by the City of London Police in a campaign called “Wake up – don’t fake up!”.
In the UK it is estimated that at least £90 million is spent every year on fake goods, and with the rise of online shopping the production and sale of fake goods on the web is increasing.
Counterfeit beauty products in particular are becoming increasingly common and easily available on auction sites, online market places, rogue websites and social media.
Police said stock images are also frequently used to deceive consumers into believing they are buying the real deal.