With the Festive period fast approaching, West Lothian Council’s trading standards officers are advising consumers in West Lothian to be aware of the dangers of counterfeit goods.
There is no limit to the variety of products that criminals will attempt to copy or counterfeit.
Executive councillor for services for the community, George Paul, commented: “The last thing that anyone wants to do is to spend money on goods which are of a shoddy or dangerous standard. The council’s trading standards team is taking this opportunity to highlight what to look out for and how people can protect themselves from being duped.”
Trading standards manager, Ed Machin, said: “The trading standards team is keen that no one is caught out this year. Many people now do at least some of their Christmas shopping on-line, and the websites which sell counterfeit goods are highly sophisticated. For a Safe Shopping online check list and for more information visit: https://www.brand-i.org
“Remember the saying, if it seems to good to be true it probably is. In the long run it can be far more expensive buying counterfeit goods.”