The most counterfeited brand names in 2016

Warning: Some fakes can be hazardous

By John Matarese

Before you make your holiday shopping list this year, we have a warning about the most counterfeited products you may encounter.

You don't have to buy from a street vendor to end up with a counterfeit. Legitimate looking websites are selling everything from phony North Face jackets to fake Nike gym shoes that fall apart in weeks.

Top products to watch for

MSN Money has just complied a list of the most counterfeited products, based on customs seizures.

The top brands include:

  • Rolex, Cartier, and other exclusive designer brands
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Coach
  • Michael Kors
  • Ray-Ban
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Ugg boots
  • Nike

Beware dangerous counterfeits items

It's one thing to buy a fake designer handbag. But it says watch out for counterfeit prescription drugs like Lipitor and Viagra, as you have no idea what is really in them, and they could contain toxins.

In addition, counterfeit Apple chargers can be deadly. You may recall news reports about a Chinese flight attendant who died two years ago after her knockoff iPhone charger started a fire in her apartment.

If you are buying gifts, remember, unless it is a gag gift most people don't want to receive counterfeit products.

So make sure you are buying the real thing so you don't waste your money.

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