Fake Products Can Create Hazards and Support Crime

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Power accessories like batteries, chargers and external flashes are being sold and they come with some serious dangers.

Even though a fake and a real product look similar, the inside is very different. Counterfeit technology typically does not contain important safety technologies and are not tested to meet industry safety standards.

That means many may overheat, smoke, melt, ignite and create power surges.

Cathleen Combs with Canon's Anti-Counterfeiting Committee said, "It feels like a deal, but it's typically not. The technology is compromised and processes are eliminated and it poses a serious risk."

The President and CEO of the National Crime Prevention Council, Ann Harkins, said that's only part of the issue.