A Scam takes many forms; emails, letters and telephone calls – even text messages all can pose a risk to you and your wellbeing and are designed to make false claims or promises to you in order for you to part with your hard earned cash. Prize draws, official looking emails or text messages, websites -> Continue reading Fair trading
Rogue traders are active across London – if you are not sure don’t open the door You can help protect yourself with some common simple precautions; Use a door chain so you can check who’s calling Don’t trade on the door step Ask a trusted friend or family member for advice on reputable traders Display -> Continue reading Doorstep Crime
A Black Friday crackdown by enforcement bodies and Meta has been launched to remove listings of potential counterfeit products from Instagram in the run-up to Black Friday. The listings cover counterfeit electrical goods – such as phone accessories and potentially dangerous chargers – as well as fake clothing and fashion accessories, jewellery, tobacco, car parts -> Continue reading Crackdown on counterfeits as UK shoppers hunt for bargains
Barking and Dagenham Council’s Trading Standard’s Service seized more than 500 illicit disposable vapes – confiscated from two local shops. On Wednesday 2 November, officers visited the shops and found them selling vape products that didn’t comply with the requirements of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016. Some of the requirements of the regulations -> Continue reading Hundreds of illegal vapes seized by Trading Standards Officers
Hammersmith & Fulham Council is on track to seize a record number of illegal disposable e-cigarettes this year. It’s just part of their efforts to crack down on the selling of illegal vapes and illicit tobacco products – a market that’s emerged and grown nationally over the last year. Since December last year, they’ve seized -> Continue reading Record number of dodgy vapes seized by H&F
Over 1,000,000 vaping devices have been stopped from entering UK markets thanks to the diligent work of London’s Ports and Borders team at Heathrow. This landmark figure was surpassed in just 5 months of operational work, where officers have intercepted goods destined for various retailers and wholesalers around the capital and further afield. The hardwork -> Continue reading One Million Illegal Vapes Seized at London’s Ports and Borders
That’s the warning as National Trading Standards highlights threats to look out for as criminals exploit cost-of-living fears. For one in four (24%) UK adults*, losing just £100 to a scam now would tip them into serious financial crisis, unable to pay bills, buy food or buy other essentials, according to research released today by -> Continue reading Losing just £100 to a scam would tip 13 million into crisis
A Barking and Dagenham business faces prosecution from the Trading Standards service after it sold fireworks to a 14-year-old. In the lead up to Bonfire Night, proactive officers from the council’s Trading Standards team carried out test purchasing operations across a number of businesses. Of the 10 visits conducted, only one business failed – where -> Continue reading Failed firework test purchase sees business facing prosecution
It is not always easy to find a good tradesperson who is available to do the work you need done at the time you need it doing. Guidance on how to can be found here. One thing Trading Standards officers advise is to avoid placing too much reliance on is the ratings of – apparently -> Continue reading RATINGS: CAN THEY BE TRUSTED?
More than 1,000 illegal and counterfeit vapes, headphones, mobile phone accessories, and sunglasses were seized from four Hackney businesses by Council trading standards officers last month. The goods – with a total value of over £25,000 – were confiscated as part of a crackdown on illegal and counterfeit goods, which are of a poorer quality, -> Continue reading £25k of illegal and fake headphones, sunglasses and vapes seized
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