Be on your guard when shopping on the internet

PUBLISHED: 11:41 25 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:40 15 June 2010

THE internet may be an attractive alternative for some Christmas shoppers looking to avoid the winter weather and long queues.

THE internet may be an attractive alternative for some Christmas shoppers looking to avoid the winter weather and long queues.Despite being in the comfort of your own home when buying online, consumers are being reminded by Devon County Council Trading Standards Service that they must remain on their guard.Devon County Council Leader Brian Greenslade said: "Shopping on the internet is very easy and convenient, but while most online purchases run smoothly it is not without its pitfalls and buyers must be aware at all times. The internet can be used by unscrupulous sellers to offload deficient, poor quality or counterfeit items to the unsuspecting public."Peter Greene, of Devon County Council Trading Standards Service, said: "Trading Standards officers routinely monitor the internet using intelligent software, which has led to prosecutions and removal of some items. However, it is impossible to see everything in such a massive marketplace."Ruth Orchard, Director-General of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, warns: "Quite apart from the damage to legitimate industry and the economy, counterfeiting on the internet poses an increasing threat to consumers. "We are very grateful to our trading standards colleagues for the increasingly challenging work they do to fight this criminal trade.


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