Chanel is a brand that rarely finds itself in the midst of scandal, until now. The brand's Coco Chanel perfume has been the subject of a counterfeit scam that saw counterfeitters attempt to smuggle a staggering 20,000 bottles of the perfume into the UK. Coming from China, the bottles were transported in two containers containnig other perfumes and were said to be worth approximately £1.5 million (and £200,000 in VAT).
Normally tasked with dealing with asylum seekers, UK Border Agency officials seized the goods at Felixstone docks on the 26th November but have only just been to confirm that the perfumes were indeed fake. They had become suspicious after they had discovered that the perfumes had been packed alongside other brands of considerably lesser value.