Thousands of fake goods listed for sale on Facebook are seized in Burntwood

Thousands of fake goods have been seized from a property in Burntwood.

Electrical goods, cosmetics, clothes, alcohol and cigarettes were also found by Trading Standards officials last week.

Some of the fake goods seized in Burntwood

Some of the fake goods seized in Burntwood

They were being kept at a rented room in the town and being advertised for sale on Facebook.

Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said: “This seizure comes as a timely reminder in the run-up to Christmas that people need to be aware of the hazards of counterfeit goods.

Some of the fake goods seized in Burntwood

Some of the fake goods seized in Burntwood

“Thankfully the goods seized here cannot now end up in people’s homes. But more and more counterfeit goods are now being sold online, particularly on social media sites and so people need to be vigilant.

“Counterfeit cosmetics and electrical goods were found at this property and these in particular can be very dangerous and should be avoided.

“These items are increasingly hard to detect just to look at, so when something is being sold at a knock-down price, people should be extremely wary. It is always best to buy from reputable traders. We always say that if something is too good to be true, it usually is.

“In addition to damaging Staffordshire businesses, counterfeit goods sales help to line criminals’ pockets. Buying counterfeit goods as a gift could really ruin someone’s Christmas – not only are they shoddy and substandard, they can be lethal.”

As a result of the raid, two people are now subject to a joint Trading Standards and police investigation.

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