Counterfeit electrical products include fuses, cables and circuit breakers, household equipment, professional work tools, as well as the spare parts used in the automotive and aviation fields. According to a global study commissioned by the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce), 80% of consumers in the developed and developing world unknowingly purchase counterfeit electrical products.
The fakes are often sub-standard and rarely comply with performance and safety specifications. Counterfeiters don’t have their products tested and verified by an approved third-party Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL)–such as: Underwriter Laboratories with its certification logo: (UL) and FM Approvals with its certification logo: (FM). In June, 2010, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized nearly two thousand desk lamps that were marked with Counterfeit UL logos.
In addition to the YouTube video, check out this brochure from the International Electrotechnical Commission, based in Switzerland