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IOMOFT - Disposal of Counterfeit Mobile Phone Accessories 20 September 2006

Quintin Gill MHK
Quintin Gill MHK

The Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading is to dispose of a substantial number of counterfeit mobile phone accessories. Some of the accessories will be destroyed but others will need to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

The accessories, mainly fascias and batteries, were seized during a raid carried out by Trading Standards enforcement officers at business premises in the Island. The business concerned has been very co-operative and voluntarily surrendered the items for disposal.

Trading Standards enforcement officers have successfully removed significant quanitities of counterfeit goods from the market over the past few years. Consumers sometimes believe that counterfeit goods are good value but they can pose a range of problems. Often difficult to detect from the real thing, counterfeit goods are much more likely to be shoddy or even dangerous than genuine ones.

Counterfeit goods also pose a threat to local businesses who cannot supply genuine goods at the same low prices as the counterfeit ones.

The Chairman of the Office of Fair Trading, Mr Quintin Gill MHK, advises consumers to be very wary of goods which cost substantially less than the normal price. "Counterfeit goods are often substandard in terms of quality or even safety. The Office's Trading Standards enforcement officers will not hesitate to make use of enforcement powers available to them under Trade Marks legislation to curtail the activities of alleged offenders who may be liable on conviction to a substantial fine and/or imprisonment. Remember, if it looks too good to be true then it most probably is."

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