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Warning after fake perfumes leave 'fishy odour'

Christmas shoppers have been warned over counterfeit perfume brands whose aroma wears off quickly to leave behind a "fishy odour".

Officials in Renfrewshire said the fake Lady Million and Euphoria Blossom scents, which retail legally between £50 and £60, were being sold for £5.

They were alerted after members of the public got a nasty surprise shortly after using the counterfeit brands.

Other than the smell, the fakes are not thought to carry any health risks.

'Christmas bargain'

Councillor Marie McGurk, convener of Renfrewshire Council's environment and infrastructure policy board, asked the public to take care when handing over money.

"I would ask shoppers and retailers to be aware that what looks like a great Christmas bargain may not prove to be the case," he said.

"The low purchase price of this perfume just goes to prove the old maxim - if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

"The people who manufacture these products can often be involved in other criminal activity, and will be using the profits made from unsuspecting shoppers to fund this."

She asked anyone who suspected fake goods were being sold to contact trading standards.

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