For those who are new to the UK and may be looking forwards to a first Christmas here, we thought it would be useful to bring to your attention the following release from UKBA:
As the festive season gets underway, UKBA have released a warning to Christmas shoppers concerning counterfeit goods.
The UK Border Agency and Trading Standards officers are asking festive shoppers to be careful about what they buy and where they buy it from.
Fake UGG Boots, GHD hair straighteners, iPhones and iPads, designer clothes and Hello Kitty products are amongst the thousands of counterfeit items seized by the agency’s officers in recent months.
People are warned to be ‘particularly wary of buying cheap items online or from unofficial traders.’
After suspected counterfeit goods are detained by the agency, officers approach the rights holders to verify that the products are fakes. The rights holder then decides whether or not to bring a private prosecution against the importer. After this process is complete, the goods can be destroyed.
Counterfeit items purchased over the internet and imported through the postal system can be seized, leaving the buyer out of pocket.
For the full article, please read here.