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People in Lichfield and Burntwood warned to be vigilant when looking for bank holiday bargains

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to be on their guard against fake goods on sale at Easter bank holiday markets and car boot sales.

Members of the trading standards team at Staffordshire County Council have urged people to be vigilant when trying to bag a bargain.

Last year saw a range of counterfeit items seized, including tobacco, electrical goods and cosmetics.

Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards manager Brandon Cook said: “Bank holiday markets are great family events and we support the organisers running them. We’re part of the national Real Deal markets campaign which encourages market event organisers to help us in tackling counterfeit goods sales.

“We want people to avoid the pitfalls of counterfeit goods this holiday weekend and throughout the year – protecting themselves and legitimate businesses.

“Counterfeit goods 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. We always say that if a price of an item is too good to be true, it usually is.

“Anyone who buys counterfeit goods will land themselves with shoddy goods which may be dangerous and at the same time line criminals’ pockets.”

People can report suspected fakes by calling the anonymous trading standards hotline on 01785 330356.

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