TSI warns against counterfeit watches

First published: 12-06-2009

Despite the credit crunch tightening the purse strings of many people in the UK, they should never turn to fake products as a means of saving money, it has been asserted.

Bryan Lewin, the intellectual property lead officer with the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), said that people who get involved with counterfeit products are "rarely one-trick ponies" and is often used to fund more serious organised crime.

He continued: "There is a lot of publicity around counterfeit watches, designer clothes, CDs and DVDs, but consumers and businesses should also be aware of fake electrical installation goods which pose a real risk to the health and safety to people, and damage to property."

Mr Lewin added that products such as fake Sekonda and Zodiac watches will "always" be of sub-standard quality and are known to cause fatalities.

Last month, the TSI warned the UK about how many people are falling victim to rogue traders who supposedly guarantee buyers for used cars, with fraudsters cold-calling individuals following an advert being posted to sell their vehicle.

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