Dec 07

Story from “this is Grimsby”, 20th November 2010.

“Dodgy traders are hawking counterfeit Pandora jewellery

FANS of Pandora jewellery are being warned to beware of buying fake goods from dodgy traders after counterfeit products were seized in North East Lincolnshire.

Fakes of other branded products have also been obtained in recent months, including Shure microphones and Ped Eggs.

People who produce and sell fake goods focus on brands which are popular with consumers. Fakes are made to appear to be the real thing – but they are invariably of inferior quality and may even be dangerous.

In the most recent cases uncovered by the council, imitation goods were being sold via the internet.

Trading Standards officers are investigating the cases further and have a range of options open to them, including prosecution, issuing a formal caution, or warning those involved.

Trading Standards officers carry out regular inspections of local car boot sales and markets, and they also investigate online sales. They often test purchase goods for verification and can use goods as evidence in criminal prosecution proceedings. Trading in counterfeit goods risks a penalty of ten years in prison or an unlimited fine.

Councillor Steve Beasant, portfolio holder for community safety, neighbourhoods and customer services, said: “If you spot a product which looks like it could be a fake, please report it to Consumer Direct. Fake goods are cheap, low-quality imitations and those who profit from them ultimately damage the business of popular brands and legitimate traders.”

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