Trading Standards catch fake goods Facebook seller in Ermine

Trading Standards are warning online fraudsters that they are being actively tracked down after a raid at a property in the Ermine area of Lincoln.

In conjunction with Lincolnshire Police, the raid last week uncovered hundreds of pieces of jewellery, clothing and fashion accessories.

Counterfeit-Jewellery

Photo” Lincolnshire Trading Standards

Rebecca Coulson, senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council said: “We don’t take this type of crime lightly. Just because you sell fake goods on Facebook or on other social media sites, doesn’t mean we aren’t going to catch you.

“Following a complaint from a member of the public, we were able to track the seller. From there, we organised a raid at a property in the Ermine area of Lincoln.

“Our advice is to people who sell on Facebook – we are watching you! And secondly, to consumers – think before you buy.

“Consider the 3 P’s – Place, Price and Product. If something seems too good to be true e.g. Michael Kors handbag being sold for £10, it probably is.

“Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting a good deal just because you are shopping online.”

Dick Holmes from Lincolnshire Police, said: “We often support Lincolnshire Trading Standards in their operations to counter the illegal trade in counterfeit goods. Trading in such items can and does result in criminal convictions. We also echo the advice given by Rebecca.”

If you see any counterfeit goods for sale, please contact Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.