Fans asked to look out for rogue traders

FOOTBALL supporters are being warned to look out for fake England goods as traders head into town for tonight's game with Croatia in Ipswich.Trading standards officers said they will be keeping a "watching brief" on the situation and will take action where necessary.

FOOTBALL supporters are being warned to look out for fake England goods as traders head into town for tonight's game with Croatia in Ipswich.

Trading standards officers said they will be keeping a "watching brief" on the situation and will take action where necessary.

They are urging anyone with information about possible counterfeit sales to get in touch with them.

David Baker, assistant county trading standards officer for Suffolk, said: "The England match is a wonderful opportunity for local legitimate businesses and a tremendous boost to the local economy.


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"However, as we found out when Ipswich Town were promoted in 2000 to the Premiership, it's also an opportunity for those out to make a quick buck at someone else's expense.

"It's only two months ago that the county's trading standards department successfully prosecuted a trader for selling rip-off ITFC flags on Ipswich Cornhill in the run-up to the play-offs, and he ended up with an £800 fine as a result."

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Suffolk County Council's trading standards advice includes:

nBe wary of sales or branded items in car parks, street corners and out of car boots, plastic bags or "white vans"

nIf the trader asks for "cash only" the chances are you'll never see him again.

nConsider what comeback you have if the item falls apart in the first wash or breaks before the final whistle sounds

nIt is not a bargain if the item fails in some way and you cannot get your money back.

nWould you ever be able to get your money back if you had a problem with the item?

nItems on the high street must meet strict safety levels, especially for toys or clothing. What guarantees do you have if you buy from a man in a pub?

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