MAYBE not all of us would know the difference if we got served

bootleg vodka instead of Smirnoff in a pub, but make no mistake - this is happening on a wide scale and it amounts to a rip-off that is cheating drinkers of millions of dollars a year.

It may not be as bad in Britain as it is in China, say, where over half of the top-branded drinks on sale, including Hennessy XO cognac, are fakes.

But as the International Chamber of Commerce's Commercial Crime Services (CCS) points out "the business of counterfeiting is ...

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