CHICAGO (CBS)– When you’re buying your holiday presents, make sure they’re legit.
Customs and Border Protection wants people to be aware and protect themselves from inferior products, and rip-offs.READ MORE: Bucktown Woman Shaken After Being Carjacked During Saturday Morning Spree, And She's Not The First Victim In Her Family
Tuesday morning, agents showed off some of the merchandise they’ve confiscated before it made it to shelves in Chicago.
“The truth is when you’re buying something online and you’re buying it through Ebay and you’re buying a hangbag that normally costs $1,500 and you’re paying $50 dollars for it, it’s a fake bag,” Shane Campbell, Director of Area Port of Chicago.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Dangerous Wind Chills For Next 2 Nights
From watches, belts, purses and even stamps, customs and border protection officers seized nearly $8 million in fake goods in the last fiscal year.
It’s not just about taking money your wallet. The counterfeits also hurt the U.S. economy.
It’s also a concern for your safety.MORE NEWS: Chicago White Sox Take Action After CBS 2 Investigators Expose Parking Scam Outside Sports Venues: Fans Getting Ripped Off By Conmen, Then Hit With Parking Tickets
Many fakes are made with inferior materials. Things like key fobs, outlets and Christmas lights may not work or may not have safety switches to stop overheating and prevent fires.