One in four Sheffield residents fall victim to buying counterfeit goods online, says survey

One in four Sheffield residents fall victim to buying counterfeit electrical goods online, according to a survey.

Wednesday, 6th June 2018, 1:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 1:36 pm
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Research by Electrical Safety First highlighted how e-commerce websites are being misused by ruthless sellers as a platform to exploit online shoppers, exposing them to thousands of counterfeit, substandard and suspected recalled electrical goods.

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Phil Buckle, chief executive of Electrical Safety First, said: "We were appalled to discover how easy it is to buy dangerous electrical goods online.

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"Our investigation uncovered appliances that were visibly substandard, counterfeit or even subject to a recall, with model numbers matching items on our product recall list.