Woman fined for sell­ing fake cos­met­ics on­line

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

TRAD­ING Stan­dards have warned they will track down coun­ter­feit­ers us­ing the web to sell fake goods and pros­e­cute them.

The warn­ing comes after an An­gle­sey woman pleaded guilty to sell­ing dodgy cos­met­ics on­line at Caernar­fon Mag­is­trates Court.

The 28-year-old, from Llan­faes, pleaded guilty to sell­ing coun­ter­feit cos­met­ics on her Facebook sell­ing group called ‘Fash­ion & Cos­met­ics’ and on ‘mis­t­ique­mad­ness.co.uk’.

Fol­low­ing a com­plaint in 2016, the woman was found to be advertising var­i­ous cos­met­ics, in­clud­ing ‘Ben­e­fit, They’re Real Mas­cara’ (£13) and ‘Dior, Ad­dict IT Lash mas­cara’ (£15). Test pur­chases con­firmed that they were coun­ter­feit.

Foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tions of her phone and lap­top showed con­ver­sa­tions with dis­grun­tled cus­tomers, clearly show­ing she knew the items were coun­ter­feit.

The woman pleaded guilty to two of­fences un­der the Trade Marks Act 1994, one of­fence of un­fair trad­ing prac­tices un­der Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion from Un­fair Trad­ing Reg­u­la­tions 2008, and one of­fence un­der Fraud Act 2003 of dis­hon­estly fail­ing to pro­vide can­cel­la­tion rights.

She was ordered to pay £420, com­pris­ing of a fine, sur­charge and le­gal costs.

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