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To counterfeit means to imitate something authentic, with the intent to steal, destroy, or replace the original, for use in illegal transactions, or otherwise to deceive individuals into believing that the fake is of equal or greater value than the real thing. Counterfeit products are fakes or unauthorized replicas of the real product. Counterfeit products are often produced with the intent to take advantage of the superior value of the imitated product. The word counterfeit frequently describes both the forgeries of currency and documents, as well as the imitations of items such as clothing, handbags, shoes, pharmaceuticals, automobile parts, unapproved aircraft parts , watches, electronics , software, works of art, toys, and movies.

Counterfeit products tend to have fake company logos and brands which often results in patent or trademark infringement in the case of goods, have a reputation for being lower quality and may contain toxic substances such as lead. This has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, due to automobile and aviation accidents, poisoning, or ceasing to take essential compounds.

The counterfeiting of money, mostly paper money, is usually attacked aggressively by governments worldwide. Counterfeit money is currency that is produced without the legal sanction of the state or government; this is against the law of all countries.The United States Secret Service, mostly known for its guarding-of-officials task, was initially organized primarily to combat the counterfeiting of American money.

The counterfeiters either attempt to deceive the consumer into thinking they are purchasing a legitimate item, or convince the consumer that they could deceive others with the imitation.
Source: Wikipedia
  1. A counterfeit item is not   .

  2. To counterfeit a product, one has to   .

  3. Counterfeit products are usually   than the original.

  4. There are risks in buying imitations because   .

  5. Counterfeiting currency   .

  6. Since counterfeiting is rampant,   .


Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below

  1. Is counterfeiting popular in your country? if yes, what items are usually counterfeited?

  2. Do you always buy original products? Why? Why not?

  3. Why is counterfeiting not appropriate ?


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