LINCOLNSHIRE Trading standards is urging consumers to check, double check and check again to stay safe from fraudsters exploiting one of the country’s favourite pastimes – sports.
The drive is part of the yearly National Consumer Week taking place November 21-25, backed by Olympian Tessa Sanderson. The campaign’s theme is Good Sports Don’t Fake It.
This year, Lincolnshire Trading Standards has seized around 12,500 items of sports clothing, including 9,100 pairs of counterfeit Adidas and Nike trainers.
Heather Bellamy, Lincolnshire Trading Standards senior officer, said: “Sports are a fantastic source of enjoyment for many consumers in Lincolnshire. Unfortunately big games and sporting events present perfect opportunities for criminals who target passionate fans.
“Lincolnshire Trading Standards is working hard to stop these fraudsters and has already seized thousands of pounds worth of fake sportswear this year.
“Our message to consumers is that if you are not sure, get advice – if you think it’s dodgy, report it.”
Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson said: “It’s so important to make sure that the goods we buy online and elsewhere are the real deal. Buying counterfeit goods is like throwing your money down the drain and only serves to fund the illegal activities of the criminals behind the scams.
“It can also lead to huge disappointment in the case of fake tickets to events like the Olympics – or even injury if we buy sporting equipment that hasn’t gone through the correct quality procedures.”
For advice, contact Lincolnshire Trading Standards on 01522 782341. To report fake goods, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org