Fraud warning to East Lancashire online Christmas shoppers

ONLINE Christmas shoppers in Lancashire have been warned about bogus websites and counterfeit goods.

County council trading standards officers are telling people using websites for seasonal purchasing to be vigilant with their cash.

They have warned that fraudsters are going on to the internet to rip off the unwary.

In the past 12 months, Lancashire Trading Standards has received more than 900 complaints from county residents relating to online crimes, the most common fraud being bogus websites and counterfeit goods.

People attempting to buy designer fashion items including Ugg boots and Pandora jewellery from discount or auction websites have been disappointed when the items they have ordered are not genuine, are poor quality, or are never delivered.

County Council trading standards boss Albert Atkinson said: “As online shopping becomes more popular, we are reminding consumers to take even more care about shopping online.

“No-one wants to be ripped off at any time, especially when buying Christmas presents for friends and family.”

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10:58pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Duni Akwe Tu? says...

Online shopping is a dangerous and insecure way of purchasing goods, half of the time the time the seller will make exaggerated claims about their products, a dear uncle of mine recently purchased some x-ray spectacles online which where nothing other than poorly manufactured plastic spectacle frames and offered no x-ray qualities whatsoever.

So I urge anyone who is thinking of using the minefield of internet shopping to consider using Blackburns new indoor marketplace, where you can buy anything from plimsolls to posters of famous Hollywood stars.
Online shopping is a dangerous and insecure way of purchasing goods, half of the time the time the seller will make exaggerated claims about their products, a dear uncle of mine recently purchased some x-ray spectacles online which where nothing other than poorly manufactured plastic spectacle frames and offered no x-ray qualities whatsoever. So I urge anyone who is thinking of using the minefield of internet shopping to consider using Blackburns new indoor marketplace, where you can buy anything from plimsolls to posters of famous Hollywood stars. Duni Akwe Tu?

12:48pm Sat 17 Nov 12

woolywords says...

Ooooh, X-ray specs..thanks for that memory. They used to be sold in the back pages of the comics that I read as a child. With them, you could see through walls and the clothes of fat women, waiting at the bus stop.

Am glad that I bought the Worlds Most Powerful pea-shooter instead instead..with it's adjustable sights.

Wouldn't want to have wasted my pocket money on useless articles..
Ooooh, X-ray specs..thanks for that memory. They used to be sold in the back pages of the comics that I read as a child. With them, you could see through walls and the clothes of fat women, waiting at the bus stop. Am glad that I bought the Worlds Most Powerful pea-shooter instead instead..with it's adjustable sights. Wouldn't want to have wasted my pocket money on useless articles.. woolywords

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