Give Counterfeits the Kick for Euro 2016
June 7, 2016 Leave a comment
Suffolk Trading Standards are warning fans to be on the lookout for fake football strips and tickets ahead of UEFA Euro 2016.
Big sporting events such as UEFA Euro 2016 present perfect opportunities for criminals who target passionate fans keen to buy merchandise.
Every year Trading Standards receives floods of complaints from consumers who have unwittingly purchased counterfeit goods thinking that they are getting a genuine bargain. Often goods are described as genuine and are offered at discounted prices accompanied by photographs of the real thing. Unfortunately however, the goods are often poor quality replicas, cheaply made in the far east.
There are numerous copycat websites which to shoppers appear to be the brands own website, but are in fact set up by rogues to sell counterfeit products or to take consumers money with no intention of sending out the goods.
Tips on buying merchandise:
Pay attention to the overall quality of the product you wish to buy. In order to verify the product is not counterfeit, look closely at the seams on the shirts and balls, the general appearance and colour combinations.
Be aware of unusually low prices. Examine the label and packaging quality, and watch out for spelling mistakes.
Only deal with reputable sellers – only use sites you know or ones that have been recommended to you. If you have not bought from the seller before, do your research and check online reviews. People will often turn to forums and blogs to warn others of fake sites.
The UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, cup, mascot, slogan, logo, teams and footballers playing there are fully protected by trademark and copyright laws. You will therefore need official licence agreements to produce any merchandise associated with them.
Tips on buying tickets:
Tickets can only be bought legally through UEFA itself.
In a statement UEFA said: “No tickets for individual football fans are being distributed via agencies or brokers, and UEFA encourages fans not to be lured into deals with touts, who not only demand exorbitant prices but are often not even in possession of the tickets they purport to have for sale.”
What to do if you have purchased fake goods
Report it!! Contact us on 03454 040506.
Trading Standards works closely with E-Crime units that take down hundreds of counterfeit websites each year. The problem is also prevalent on internet auction sites and more recently on social networking sites such as Facebook. Trading Standards has seen an alarming increase in the number of complaints relating to sales via Facebook where individuals are selling counterfeit goods on their own profile pages or through group pages set up for individual towns and cities. The seller generally requests contact using private a message function and arranges to deliver goods or meet the buyer in a public place.
Penalties for selling counterfeit goods are an unlimited fine and up to 10 years imprisonment. It is also a “lifestyle offence” which means that financial investigations can be conducted and may ultimately lead to confiscation of any monies or other assets generated from selling counterfeit goods.
Also see: Ticketing Fraud Alert – Euro 2016