Posted Tuesday 30th of June 2015 .

The City of London Police have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of purchasing counterfeit products and the risks associated with using such products. The increasing popularity of online shopping has led to a flood of counterfeit goods on the online market. The “wake up – don’t fake up!” campaign warns that many electrical items sold online lack safety testing, and perfumes and beauty products often contain toxic substances such as mercury, lead and arsenic, which raises serious health concerns. In the last 18 months, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has suspended over 5,500 websites selling fake luxury branded goods and seized more than £3.5m in counterfeit products. In addition, PIPCU is urging online shoppers to be aware that by purchasing counterfeit goods online they are running the risk of their financial and personal details being compromised and being used for other fraudulent scams. (City of London Police Press Release, 22 May 2015 https://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/advice-and-support/fraud-and-economic-crime/pipcu/wakeupdontfakeup/Pages/wakeupdontfakeup.aspx)

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