“If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is…”
Many people will go searching for bargains across the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, but The Anti-Counterfeiting Group are warning people to be alert when they shop as international gangs of counterfeiters will be looking to take advantage of them.
With an estimated £8 billion expected to be spent by the end of Cyber Monday, the ‘fakers’, as they’re often referred to, will use a variety of channels to try and get money from us.
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Fakers use the anonymity of the internet to their advantage and operate from sophisticated websites to trick people into believing they’re purchasing genuine products, but in reality consumers end up with cheap, poorly made, and even dangerous products.
Fact: According to customs authorities across Europe, over 37% of fakes picked up at our borders are dangerous to consumers.
Which? have put together a useful guide for shoppers and ACG also have some great advice on how to avoid being caught out over the weekend sales period.
What does the ACG say?
The ACG understands that 30% of all UK consumers will take part in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales period, and it’s vital to be watchful for any dubious offers.
Firstly, check who you’re buying from. If you’re in the high street, go to a reputable store. If you’re online remember that over 83% of fakes come from China. So, if the web site or shipping address looks to be in China or Hong Kong, take extra care.
Don’t be too quick in committing your money. Check the price of the product against other sites. You may even get the same deal from the original manufacturers.
Once again, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is!
If you’re shopping, we hope you get real bargains but please don’t let criminals get near you. Take extra care!
If you want to complain or get any advice about goods or services you have bought please contact Citizens Advice Consumer Services on 03454 040506
Or, if you want to report something you think is suspicious, please contact either Citizens Advice Consumer Services on 03454 040506 or North Wales Police on 101
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