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Residents warned about the dangers of fake goods

Published Thursday, 03 October 2013

Counterfeiting is generally perceived as a victimless crime, but Enfield Council is warning shoppers to shun fake goods before they start planning their Christmas shopping and highlighting the true impact they have on society.

Although many people think buying a few cheap DVDs or cds does no harm, counterfeiting is one of the fastest growing economic crimes in the world and the United Nations has warned there is increasing evidence between counterfeiting and organised crime groups and some terrorist organisations.

It is estimated that counterfeit products account for between five and seven per cent of all global trade and fake items ranging from DVDs to vodka, cigarettes and toys have been uncovered and destroyed by hard working Enfield Council Trading Standards officers in the borough.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Counterfeiting can have a massive impact on the people purchasing fake goods who can be injured or killed by defective or poor quality merchandise, the people who produce them, and who are often forced to work in abysmal conditions, and businesses in our borough which have to compete with the people selling the fakes.

“Economically and morally it makes no sense to buy counterfeit products, their production damages our legitimate businesses at a time when we are trying to support investment in Enfield’s economy and create jobs, and funds organised crime, and potentially terrorist organisations.

“Residents can really help us out this coming Christmas by considering the consequences of  buying dodgy presents for their friends and family going for the real thing instead. Remember if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is and there is always a hidden cost to counterfeit products.”

In recent months trading standards have successfully prosecuted two traders for the sale of counterfeit DVDs, clothing and fashion accessories.

The first man was sentenced to a 60 hour Community Order and ordered to pay £500 costs. The second man was handed a three month suspended sentence for perverting the course of justice and sentenced to a 100 hour Community Order for nine trade mark offences.

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