Raid on trader selling counterfeits in Dunfermline
Published: Tuesday 10 Jan 2017 by Fife Council
In a joint operation involving Fife Trading Standards and Police Scotland, a retail premise in Dunfermline was raided just days before Christmas. Officers seized an estimated £200,000 worth of goods believed to be counterfeit that were almost certainly destined to be sold to Fife consumers, with many probably ending up as Christmas presents.
The premise in question was selling designer branded clothing, footwear, cosmetics, jewellery and electrical items. One person was detained by Police and released after questioning. Enquiries are on-going and the seized goods will be sent for examination and a report is likely to be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. A person found guilty of committing an offence under the Trade Marks Act can face a substantial fine and/or imprisonment.
Dawn Adamson, Trading Standards Service Manager commented, “Fake goods are not the bargain they may first appear to be. As well as the financial harm caused to legitimate businesses, there can be hidden dangers associated with fake products”.
There is no way of knowing what ingredients fake cosmetics contain. Consumers need to be protected which is why there are stringent safety requirements for products designed to be applied to the skin.
Similarly, electrical goods must conform to safety standards to ensure consumers are not put in danger. A fake electrical item may work initially, but how safe is its wiring or plug?
Dawn added, “Don’t put yourself or your family in danger by buying products that you suspect may be fake. If in doubt about a product, we would always advise you to buy from a trusted source to help keep you safe and to make sure you are paying for the genuine product”.
Information on counterfeiting in Fife can be reported to Trading Standards online at www.fifedirect.org.uk/tradingstandards.
Information and advice on consumer rights is available from Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506 or at www.adviceguide.org.uk/scotland where you can also make an online complaint or enquiry.
Tel: 03454 040506