<h1 class="entry-title">Month: April 2015</h1>

Alert: Fraudsters Buy-Back Diamond Courier Scam

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) proactive intelligence team is warning people of a new scam dubbed “diamond buy-back courier fraud”. Information gathered by the NFIB’s proactive intelligence team suggests that boiler rooms operating from overseas (specifically in Thailand) are targeting existing investors of diamonds from victim sucker lists circulated by fraudsters internationally. How a […]

Rogue Traders Sentenced after Police Find Cache of Fake Designer Goods

Surelock authenticated the seized Tiffany jewellery and J’Adore perfumes. When police and trading standards officers opened the doors to two industrial units they found a stash of trendy designer gear. The only trouble was, it was all fake. Among 10,000 items spanning 39 big brands was everything from J’Adore perfume to Tiffany jewellery, Hermes purses […]

Alibaba Rapped by US Clothing Body over Counterfeits

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has been forced to defend itself once again from claims its websites are peddling fake goods. The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has sent a letter to US Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman, complaining of “rampant proliferation” of counterfeit goods on Alibaba’s TaoBao site. “Our members encounter innumerable counterfeits on […]

Schoolboy, 8, Hospitalised Playing Deadly New Children’s Game of ‘Sleeper’

Eight-year-old boy was hospitalised after being suffocated during ‘game’ In it child’s nose and mouth are held shut by another until they pass out Police in Manchester are warning that ‘sleeper’ prank is potentially fatal Councillor says craze must be stopped before ‘we have a terrible tragedy’ An eight-year-old boy was taken to hospital after […]

Unlimited Fines for Serious Offences

A new law came into force on 12 March 2015 which removes the £5,000 cap that used to limit the maximum fines magistrates could impose.  Now they can issue much higher penalties on offenders who have committed the most serious ‘Level Five’ offences. The move will give magistrates more flexibility when deciding on punishments – they […]

Pension Fraud

With effect from April 6th this year, when you reach 55 and if you have been saving in a personal or company pension, you will have wider choices with what you do with the fund you have accrued. You will still be able to cash in the fund to buy an annuity giving you a […]

Going Bargain Hunting This Bank Holiday Weekend? Don’t Fall for Fake Goods Urges Council

SHOPPERS planning to bag bargains at bank holiday markets or car boot sales have been urged to ensure their finds are the real deal to avoid an unhappy weekend. Counterfeit items can prove more than just shoddy imitations, Staffordshire County Council has warned. Hidden dangers can include hazardous chemicals in fake vodka that can lead […]

Biggest Overhaul of Consumer Rights in a Generation

Consumer Rights Act 2015 has been given Royal Assent. Under the Act, consumers and businesses will have clearer rights and responsibilities. These include: new rights for consumers to get a repair or a replacement of faulty digital content such as online film, games, music downloads and e-books. Currently the law is unclear and has failed […]