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Trading Standards Seize Festive Fakes Across Scotland

In the run up to Christmas, Trading Standards Scotland worked closely with Dundee City Council, West Lothian Council, Police Scotland and the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, to remove suspected counterfeit goods from the marketplace across Scotland.

In the month of December, enforcement officers executed warrants at premises across the North, East and West of Scotland.  This resulted in the seizure of suspected counterfeit clothing, accessories and tobacco with a combined sale value of circa £55,000, along with £2000 in cash.  It is assessed that the potential lost revenue to the legitimate brand holders, from these goods alone, would have been in the region of £200,000.


Fiona Richardson, Chief Officer for Trading Standards Scotland said "Whilst it can be tempting to save a bit of money by picking up branded goods at a reduced price on auction, free ads and social media websites, consumers should be aware of the wider impact that the trade in counterfeit goods has on their communities.

Counterfeit items are not only of inferior quality but are frequently found to be unsafe to use.  Their sale deprives both public services and legitimate business of vital revenue, and is associated to significant numbers of job losses in the manufacturing, wholesale and retail sectors in the UK.  Furthermore, proceeds from the sale of counterfeit goods frequently fund more sinister organised crime such as human trafficking, modern slavery and terrorism. 

If you are involved in this trade then I would urge you to stop now.  Trading Standards Scotland and our partners are committed to protecting our communities from this criminality.  Our activities in this area don’t stop after Christmas.  You will be caught and the consequences will be far reaching. 

If you will be shopping online in 2019 then I would urge you to buy real.”

Anyone with information about the sale of counterfeit goods can report to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or online at


The economic impact of counterfeit goods is widespread.  It has been associated to lost tax revenue to the value of circa £3.8bn per annum, money which would otherwise be put towards funding vital public services.  The trade has also been associated to circa £8bn in lost revenue for legitimate brandholders, and circa 60,000 job losses in the manufacturing, wholesale and retail sectors in the UK.