Woman fined for selling fake cosmetics online
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.