Trading standards warn after sale of counterfeit goods on-line

TRADING Standards officers are issuing a warning about the online sale of counterfeit goods following the seizure of items at a property in Braintree.

A warrant was carried out by Essex County Council’s Trading Standards and Essex Police last week resulting in the seizure of clothing, footwear, handbags, perfume, make-up, cigarettes and tobacco.

Following an investigation, officers discovered that the goods were being sold through social networking site, Facebook.

Essex County Council lead member for Trading Standards, Cllr Roger Walters, said: “Counterfeit goods will not have been tested to ensure safety and in the case of perfumes or cosmetics could cause severe allergic reactions. There are also dangers with electrical items such as electric shocks and house fires.

“I would urge anyone tempted into selling counterfeit goods online to think twice or risk a knock on the door that could result in a criminal record.”

If you have information about sales of counterfeit goods please call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline who handle calls for Trading Standards on 03454 040506.

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