More than 1,700 fake Remembrance Day poppies have been seized during a raid in Manchester.
The bogus goods, some of which had Lest We Forget written on them, included necklaces, earrings and badges.
They were spotted during a routine inspection in Cheetham Hill, and Manchester City Council have warned the public to be vigilant.
Rabnawaz Akbar, the councils executive member for neighbourhoods, said in a statement: It is absolutely appalling that counterfeiters would sink to the depths of creating fake poppy merchandise, to try to exploit the publics desire to support members of our Armed Forces community.
Our officers have confiscated a haul of these bogus products and will continue their investigations, to get as many of these illegal copies off the streets as possible and prosecute those responsible.
I encourage all Manchester residents to be vigilant and ensure that they are buying their poppies from official Royal British Legion vendors, or the charitys official websites, to ensure their generous donations reach the people who deserve them, instead of ending up in the pockets of callous scammers.
The names of the scammers have not been released due to an ongoing investigation.
The Royal British Legion has also slammed the scam for trying to actively defraud the public from money intended for members of the Armed Forces, reports the i.
Claire Rowcliffe, its director of fundraising, said: It is a sad fact that there are people who actively defraud the public in order to take funds intended for the support of our Armed Forces community.
We would urge everyone wishing to purchase a Remembrance poppy brooch, to do so through official channels.