Many people travel the world and want to bring home mementos from their trip, or to stock up on expensive duty free and luxury essentials from fragrances and alcohol to cigarettes. Unfortunately there are plenty of counterfeit products flooding certain countries, so if you choose to shop in markets, or away from officially recognised stores, you might be at risk of buying products which aren’t the real thing. So how can you tell if your well-priced bottle of Patron tequila or Chanel perfume is a fake? Top of the list of checks is to stick to shopping for goods such as fragrances, alcohol, cigarettes, toys and medicines only at reputable, licensed or official stores, pharmacies, or tourist shops which have endorsed by a legitimate tourism authority. Beyond that there are a number of other things to look out for. If you look at fragrances, for example, check for poor quality wrapping (or none at all), spelling mistakes on labels, and missing batch codes – these are clear signs of a fake product. Also let your nose be your guide; if it doesn’t smell right, it’s probably fake and in fact it might be harmful to your skin if you use it. When it comes to alcohol, beware of peeling, crooked, and wrong-coloured labels, or labels with spelling mistakes and any missing print. Also check that all caps and seals are properly intact – sometimes the bottles are real, but the contents are not. Toys can also be deadly if they are fake, and a danger to children, so things to look out for here include poor quality workmanship, missing or poorly presented packaging, and missing safety standard labelling. And finally, when it comes to cigarettes, even if the packaging looks real, fakes will taste noticeably different, and where medicines are concerned, check for expiration dates, look out for poor packaging, unclear printing on labels and boxes, and broken seals. Remember the golden rule – if in doubt, don’t buy it.