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Be on Your Guard Ireland from an Influx of Seasonal Counterfeit Clothes and Scam Websites

  • August 30, 2014
  • Information Super HighwaymanAs the start of Irish debs season draws near the European consumer centre has made a statement urging all to be cautious when ordering high-end clothing online. Often these rogue retailers use credentials that are registered in European nations to add to the perceived legitimacy of their site, but in many cases the businesses were not located in that country at all. In some cases they were outside the EU entirely.Some even claim offices in Europe, but produce products overseas, particular China, Thailand, and other Asian nations. If a product is purchased from one of these nations, chances are that they’ll be a fairly long waiting time product ordered might not be the product that is received.

    Also, if the product is produced overseas and not inside the European Union, the customer wont be protected by the European consumer rights law. The European consumer centre advises that if planning to purchase a product online, make sure extensive and comprehensive research is completed on the trader and make sure there are no red flags, such as missing contact information. On the website, look carefully for any signs that the product in question could be counterfeit. Bad stitching, misspelled words and fuzzy brand logos are a sure sign that something might not quite be what it seems.

    However, companies that produce counterfeit products are getting clever at matching the real products very closely. Therefore, it’s vital that potential consumers know the designer’s key mark, signatures and serial numbers to ensure they have a legitimate purchase of a real brand. The general rule is, if it’s too good to be true, it usually is so watch out for designer brands that are being sold at cheap prices. Chances are they might be counterfeit. High fashion clothing is an obvious example of this. Also, using PayPal to pay for goods online is a great way to make a purchase, as it’s a refundable and secure method of transaction. Finally, make sure they offer a genuine discount and real products and not very low prices on counterfeit products. You can even check out Irish companies online with solocheck.i.e to make sure their credentials are perfect. Check out Lyoness on solocheck.i.e to see what a reputable company offering discounts on clothing such as New Look and Dorothy Perkins should look like.

    One of James Richings’ blogs on The Epoch Times –


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Don’t be a Victim of This BT Phone Scam

  • August 29, 2014
  • The details below are from the victim of the scam, a Surrey resident.

    We received a call from ‘BT’ telling us we had not responded to the last two bills and our phone was about to be disconnected. My partner, fearing a scam as we had not received any bills asked for their telephone number so that he could call them back. ‘Andrew’ gave his number as 0800 471 4777 and my partner waited for the line to close before calling this number back. It sounded genuine as there was a recorded message from ‘BT’ telling him that they would put him through to the next available operator. ‘Andrew’ came back on the phone and my partner paid the amount on his bank card.

    My partner then contacted the BT number in the telephone book who said that there was nothing owing on his account. We immediately cancelled the bank card and rang the 0800 number back and spoke to ‘Andrew’ again. ‘Andrew’ said the reason BT had told him there was nothing owing on his account was because we had just paid the money owing on his bank card. We told him we had cancelled his bank card fearing it was a scam so ‘Andrew’ said we would need to provide another bank card in order that the phone would not be cut off. So using another bank card we did as we did not want the hassle of the phone being disconnected.

    Barclays Fraud Office phoned us the next day to say that amounts were being taken out of my bank account as follows: £1 Hot Wire in France, £350.81 at Hot Wire in France, £454.00 TRAVEL RESERVATION in United Kingdom. So the card has now been cancelled.  We have phoned BT to report this number but it is still active.

    They wished for everyone to be warned not to respond to these threats when given this number to ring.

    Since receiving this, I did a bit of research online and there are details about this scam on the following link:


    Best advice I can give is mirrored on the site above.  If you receive a call from any company that you are not expecting then:

    • Ask for the caller’s name and department details and then end the call.
    • Find a legitimate contact number for the company either in a bill, online on official website or a telephone book. (Don’t use a contact number provided by the caller).
    • Prior to calling ensure that the line is cleared (wait for a dial tone).
    • Call the company and ask to speak to the original caller by name – the company should have no issues with you doing this.



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    by Ron

Carshalton Conman Hassan Salimi Ordered to Pay Back £100,000

  • August 27, 2014
  • hassan salimi 1 A Carshalton man found guilty of selling fake goods must pay back £100,000 or face jail.  Hassan Salimi was given one of the largest fines seen by Sutton Council’s trading standards team at a confiscation hearing at Croydon Crown Court on August 5.

    He must pay an £80,000 confiscation order, £5,000 court costs, a £750 fine for each of the 20 trademark offences – a total of £15,000 and a £75 victim surcharge.  He had already been found guilty of 20 counts of selling counterfeit Benefit Cosmetics, tooth whitening products and “as seen on TV” products in June last year.

    hassan salimi 2Mr Salimi has six months to pay the fine or serve an 18 month prison sentence.

    All the fake products will now be destroyed.

    His activities were first brought to the attention of Sutton trading standards in 2012 by the Post Office Investigations team.   They were investigating claims Mr Salimi was sending out multiple packages using a pre-paid business reference stamp belonging to Ann Summers.  Mr Salimi later accepted a caution under the Fraud Act 2006 for this matter.

    The Home Office will receive half of the money, HM Revenue and Customs 12.5 per cent, Sutton Council 25 per cent and Surrey Accredited Financial Advisor 12.5 per cent.

    A Sutton Council spokesman said: “This case sends out the clear message we will use everything in our powers to ensure crime does not pay, including the courts for asset recovery.  “Residents need to know that they will be protected from rogue traders who flout the law by selling sub-standard goods.”

    Article courtesy of tom.gillespie@london.newsquest.co.uk


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    by Ron

Fake Celebrity Story Scams on Facebook

  • August 26, 2014
  • Facebook is not the place to receive your celebrity news and gossip!

    RIPScammers use fake deaths and other sensational stories to entice users. These often spread very fast, because users share the posts before verifying the story.


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    by Ron

Burglar Admits to over 70 Burglaries in Surrey – Here is how he did it!

  • This time last year the area experienced a large spate or burglaries. At the time a number of arrests were made with one suspect admitting to over 70 burglaries in Surrey. Interviews with this and other burglars have given us an insight into what they look for and how they do it:

    What did the burglar say?

    “The first thing I’d look for were houses where bins were left outside the house in a road where no one else had. This let me know there was a chance that the occupants weren’t home.”

    How you should respond:

    If you are planning on going away, even for a short period of time, ask a neighbour or relative to bring bins back in. If you do keep bins outside your property make sure they are away from walls or fences preventing easy access to areas out of public view.  

    What did the burglar say?

    “If the bins were still out I’d go in for a closer look. Another good sign its empty is being able to see the post building up. A look through the letterbox or glass doors makes this easy.”

    How you should respond:

    If you are going away ask a neighbour or relative to collect post, putting it out of sight from front doors. If you are away for an extended period of time try contacting the postal service and requesting delivery to an alternative address.

    What did the burglar say?

    “Sometimes people put timers on lights when they go away. If the curtains then stay open the whole night or I notice that the curtains haven’t moved over a few days, it normally suggests that no one is home.”

    How you should respond:

    Timers are a great crime prevention device however it can be even more effective if used in multiple rooms. Arrange for someone to check your property whilst away. Each time get them to open or close the curtains to suggest people being home.

    What did the burglar say?

    “I always made sure I was dressed smart when out looking at potential targets. I’d always be polite if anyone spoke to me. If people see a friendly man walking around in a suit they wouldn’t think I was up to no good. They expect to see some scruff with a balaclava and a bag of swag over their shoulder.”

    Everyone knows the stereotype, even the burglars themselves. Vigilance is the key. These are your houses in your communities that are being targeted. If you see anyone you don’t recognise or have concerns about their presence in the area report it on 101. Note down their description as best you can, including vehicle registrations where possible. It’s with the publics help that we are able to apprehend these people.

    What did the burglar say?

    “You can’t beat a good old knock on the door. If I think a house is empty I will knock and see. If someone answers I’d be my charming self and not cause them any reason to suspect me.”

    How to respond:

    If you are away for a long period of time, consider a house sitter. Someone you trust that can look after your property whilst you are away. If that isn’t possible, consider all of the advice above. The more measures that you can put in place the better. If you can afford one, house alarms can be a big deterrent. Always get quotes from at least 3 different suppliers when ever considering home security.

    What did the burglar say?

    “Garages are always an easy target. Nowadays people don’t keep their cars in them so don’t check them very often or even at all. They’re also full of all kinds of valuables that I can move on easily.”

    How to respond:

    Ensure that your garage is fitted with a strong lock, more than one where possible, making sure that you secure everything inside where possible. Lock up bikes and equipment inside to make it even more difficult to remove. We recommend security marking valuable items both in your garage and home. This links them to you and your home making it easy to return should we recover them. Visit www.immobilise.com for more details.

    Thanks to Surrey Police for this information  http://www.surrey.police.uk/

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Fraudster Jailed for Selling Fake JLS, Justin Bieber and 1D Merchandise

  • August 21, 2014
  • The successful outcome of this case follows investigations by Surelock in conjunction with Suffolk Trading Standards.

    A fraudster who made thousands of pounds selling fake JLS, Justin Bieber and One Direction clothes to unsuspecting victims through eBay has been jailed for 12 months.  John Young, of Sotterley Road, Hulver, near Beccles, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court following a 16 month investigation brought by Suffolk County Council Trading Standards.

    Young, 53, admitted 13 breaches of trademark regulations between the end of 2009 and the start of 2013 and possessing a vinyl transfer machine for use in fraud.  He also admitted three offences of making articles for use in fraud and asked for an offence relating to the sale of number plates without the necessary identity checks being made to be taken into consideration.

    Sentencing Young, Judge Rupert Overbury said: “The court has a duty to protect trademark holders and the sentence has to contain an element of deterrent to ensure the public are protected.”  He said the offences were premeditated as Young had admitted researching the sale of counterfeit goods on the internet.

    Speaking after the sentencing, Nousha Meek, the senior trading standards officer who investigated the case, said: “Suffolk Trading Standards is committed to keeping counterfeit goods off the streets, and this case should act as a stark warning to other rogue businesses and individuals selling through eBay or other online methods such as Facebook.  Counterfeit goods undermine legitimate businesses and their sale will not be tolerated in Suffolk.  Our advice to consumers is to use the Brand-i shopping directory to find items such as designer or branded clothing, perfumes, shoes, music and sunglasses. You can trust the online stores listed as they have been provided with the consent of the brands themselves.  Anyone who suspects they have been sold counterfeit goods can report it to Trading Standards on 03454 040506.”

    A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing will take place later in the year.

    For full article:


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    by Ron

Woking Detectives Investigate Latest Scam after Woman Hands over Hundreds of Pounds

  • August 11, 2014
  • Detectives in Woking are investigating the latest scam which has come to light involving victims being asked to hand over money in order to claim Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) payments.

    A woman in her 70s who lives in Woking was targeted last month by a caller claiming to be from a PPI company and telling her she was entitled to a PPI payment. However, to receive the payment, the caller told the vulnerable victim that she would need to pay 10% of the amount in fees first. The victim ended up handing over more than £500.

    It is believed the caller is only targeting people who use vouchers issued by Ukash, the online cash payment provider, and officers are working with Ukash as part of their investigation.

    PC Carina Jewell said: “I am concerned that there may be more victims out there who don’t know they are victims or victims who are too embarrassed to come forward.

    “If you are contacted by cold calls, please be wary and be aware if you due some monies back from any company or organisation there should never be a charge involved to process the refund.”

    PC Jewell added: “I would like to reassure local residents that I am working alongside Ukash as part of my continued investigation into this incident and urge any victims who believe they may have fallen for this scam to come forward.”

    Please note that UKASH is a genuine company which is unfortunately being used to commit crime.  Further information is available at http://www.ukash.com/

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Neil Hollinshead Jailed for London Welsh RFC Fraud

  • hollinsheadFollowing a successful investigation by Surelock on behalf of the RFU and in liaison with
    the City of London Police a fraudster who posed as the head of an investment company and was supposedly backed by the Saudi royal family, has been jailed over his purchase of London Welsh rugby club.

    Neil Hollinshead duped the owners of London Welsh into selling the club and paying him £350,000 to cover outstanding debts.  In return, he said he would invest £1m a year but the money did not exist.

    The 36-year-old, from London, was given seven years at Southwark Crown Court.

    Hollinshead targeted the Aviva Premiership club when it hit financial difficulties in 2009.

    He paid a nominal £6 for the club’s shares and owned it for a few months until the club was returned to its former owners by a court, and he was declared bankrupt, from which he has not been discharged.

    Judge David Higgins said: “It was a disastrous period for the club. It only survived because the original owners and various benefactors continued to fund it to the tune of many hundreds of thousands of pounds.

    “It’s plain to me that you produced not one penny of your own, let alone the £1m you promised, and which quite obviously never existed.”

    He added: ”You are clearly a man of great moral turpitude – indeed, I am entirely confident that you would do it all again tomorrow if you thought you could get away with it.”

    For full story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-28712229

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    by Ron

Lost Your Bag?

  • August 7, 2014
  • camera, lens, flashI recently had a trip with British Airways from Heathrow Terminal 5 when their baggage belts were not working and therefore boarded my flight knowing my suitcase did not get on with me. Thankfully I have an ingrained aversion of putting anything of value into my case, but it got me thinking of what is of value to me and how would I ever be re-joined with it if it went astray.

    It’s difficult to know what “essential items” you will get reimbursed for by the airline, but do keep your receipts for everything you buy. We at Surelock have investigated many a fraudulent insurance claim and know how important proof of purchase is to the insurance companies.

    Have you ever thought what personal items you would most hate to lose – phone, camera, computer, bicycle and if you have a prized possession stolen how would the police identify that the recovered item belonged to you?

    Take a minute to register your valuables with NMPR (National Mobile Property Register) (www.thenmpr.com) IMMOBILISE  (www.thenmpr.com  ) CheckMEND (www.checkmend.com  ),

    Consider putting anti-theft device on your phone or laptop – if you have sensitive information this is a must.

    P.S. I did get my bag back safely and in one piece but unfortunately the afternoon before I was to fly home again, but I learnt a lesson in how to travel light in future!

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    by Ron