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Authorities crack down on flea market fakes

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - As shoppers look to save money in a tough economy, authorities are warning against the risks of buying counterfeit goods.

Experts say the safety risks of buying fake goods are real because the products are smuggled into the country and not regulated. Money from the sale of counterfeit goods also may help fund criminal syndicates.

Law enforcement has begun stepping up efforts at flea markets and counterfeit clearing houses.

In December alone, customs agents seized $750,000 worth of items at swap-meets in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Pennsylvania. New Jersey State Police seized more than $300,000 from a flea market in Springfield.

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