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Selling fakes can damage your wealth
Southwark trading standards has issued the following warning to anyone thinking of breaking the law by ripping of customers and selling counterfeit goods.
Fakes, snides, bootlegs, replicas - don't let them ruin your life
If you sell fakes it is not just the goods you will lose;
- your liberty is at risk
- your home and possessions are at risk
- your whole livelihood is at risk
Everyone knows that selling fakes is a criminal offence - that's why honest, hardworking traders don't get involved in them.
However, for those small minority of dishonest people prepared to break the law, be aware that trading standards now uses powers in the Proceeds of Crime Act to ensure any assets gained from criminal activity are confiscated.
This means you don't just get arrested, or summonsed to court, and risk a fine or imprisonment - all your financial affairs can be investigated. The courts can confiscate any monies or assets that you can't prove has been earned legitimately.
We also work with local market operators and online sales sites to ensure that anyone selling illegal goods can be stopped from trading.
Don't take the risk - get real.
If you wish to report anyone selling counterfeit goods you can tell trading standards in confidence or report them using the Crimestoppers service - telephone 0800 555 111.