Warning:Don’t buy fake this Christmas

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SHOPPERS are being warned to be careful about falling for fakes this Christmas.

Hampshire County Council is warning that if you buy cheap products from car boot sales, internet auctions and other websites as gifts this festive season, they may not be what they seem.

Every year the council’s trading standards officers seize more than 10,000 items of fake designer goods, including everything from perfume, jewellery and clothing to DVDs and children’s toys.

Leader of the council Cllr Ken Thornber said: ‘As many people look to spend less over the festive period, there is the temptation to look for those bargain gifts.

‘But some of the products seized by the officers this year were not just poor quality, but they were dangerous.

‘Make sure that you’re buying from a trustworthy source and avoid internet auctions offering designer goods at bargain prices.’

Anyone who thinks they bought a fake should call Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 or go online at hants.gov.uk/tradingstandards.htm