Xmas shoppers warned about fake phones and chargers

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Customers have been asked to help fight illegal trade in the UK by being wary of buying cheap goods online or from unofficial traders

Christmas shoppers have been warned to look out for fake electronic goods such as mobile phones and chargers.

The UK’s border force and trading standards said today customers need to be careful about what they buy and where they buy it from to avoid fuelling illegal trade.

In recent weeks the border force at Felixstowe, which handles around 40 percent of the UK’s container trade, have stopped more than £5 million worth of goods form entering the country.

They included fake designer clothing and luggage, footwear, watches, sports goods, toys and electronic goods.

Home Office minister Mark Harper said: “Cheap counterfeits undercut honest traders leaving shoppers with goods that are at best inferior and, at worst, harmful or unsafe. They are a serious threat to the British economy in terms of lost profits and tax revenues.

“The public can play their part in disrupting the trade by ensuring they only buy from genuine retailers.”

Felixstowe border force member Kevin Sayer said: “We’re warning people to be particularly wary of buying cheap items online or from unofficial traders.”

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