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Stay safe during festive season and avoid counterfeit alcohol

People are being urged to stay safe during the festive season and avoid dangerous counterfeit alcohol. Staffordshire County Council has been carrying out an ongoing operation to stamp out counterfeit alcohol sales using Government funding awarded through the Proceeds of Crime Act in recognition of its work. There have been a number of prosecutions and licence reviews. The largest fine ...

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Staffordshire backs campaign to give consumers greater clarity on subscription rights

Trading Standards

Staffordshire people and businesses should take advantage of guidance issued this week to make them more aware of laws on subscriptions, the county’s communities leader has said. As part of National Consumer Week, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has issued the guidance on subscription issues. An estimated two million people across the UK still experience issues cancelling recurring payments ...

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Know your consumer rights this Black Friday

Trading Standards

People looking for bargains online on Black Friday and throughout the Christmas and New Year sales period are being urged to get to know their rights and avoid scams. Consumer laws were updated in 2015 and aim to give people greater clarity when they shop in store or online. The Consumer Rights Act clarifies consumer law and includes legislation to ...

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More Staffordshire market organisers on board to ensure goods are the Real Deal

Real Deal Staffordshire

Five popular Staffordshire markets and two car boot sale events have now joined a national campaign to ensure goods sold at their events are legitimate and that visitors aren’t ripped off. In the run-up to Christmas Staffordshire County council’s trading standards team, which coordinates the Real Deal campaign locally, is urging more to get on board and give customers peace ...

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People and businesses reminded of firework sales safety

Fireworks

Staffordshire traders selling fireworks have been reminded of their legal responsibilities in terms of storage and sales by the county council’s trading standards team in the run-up to bonfire night celebrations. Trading standards officers have been visiting premises across the county selling fireworks to ensure they are being stored safely and only being sold to adults. All firework traders need ...

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‘Stoptober’ operations aim to prevent the sale of counterfeit tobacco

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Operations aimed at preventing and disrupting the sale of counterfeit tobacco are taking place throughout October in Staffordshire. As well as encouraging people to quit smoking during ‘Stoptober’, Staffordshire County Council will be cracking down on fake fags and reminding retailers of their duties when selling legitimate cigarettes. Trading Standards officers will be carrying out test purchases in an effort ...

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Warning after dangerous counterfeit mobile phones seized in Staffordshire

Counterfeit Nokia phones

Counterfeit mobile phones with potentially dangerous chargers have been seized in Staffordshire by county council trading standards officers. Hundreds of fake Nokia 3310 phones were seized from an industrial unit in East Staffordshire and a property in Newcastle following a tip off to trading standards officers. The Nokia 3310 is a reissue and updated model from 2000 and retails legitimately ...

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Stronger links with banks set to boost fight against doorstep crime

Trading Standards

Strengthened links between banks, trading standards and police announced this week will boost Staffordshire’s fight against doorstep crime. The Banking Protocol is a scheme that all banks and building societies have now signed up. It will streamline the process of reporting doorstep crime where victims request large cash withdrawals. Nationally the scheme is being run by Financial Fraud Action UK ...

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Fake football kits given the red card

Fake football kits

As the Premier League kicks off this weekend, plans to sell thousands of fake and potentially dangerous replica football shirts have been red-carded. Scores of boxes of fake shirts for teams, including Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Porto, Benfica and Paris Saint Germain, were among a haul of counterfeit goods with a retail value of more than £1 million found ...

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National awareness campaign urges over 70s to beat scams

Trading Standards

People across Staffordshire are being advised how to spot the signs of scams and report them during the final week of a national awareness month. Every week throughout July, the Scams Awareness Month 2017 campaign has focused on different age groups and the types of scams they’re more likely to fall victim to. This final week, it focuses on people ...

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