Fake goods on .co.uk web sites

  octal 03 Sep 11
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Just a general question. There is a web site that is selling fake goods, the goods are sent from Taiwan, the goods are offered through a .co.uk web site. If I'm not mistaken this seems like a loophole as they probably don't come under the distance selling regulations. There are no contact details on the web site, only the usual form to fill in, but doing a whois trace on the web site reveals a registrants address.

My question is, is it worth telling Trading Standards of this scam? And what other party would be interested in knowing about it? And would a Registrant be liable for the activities on the web site?

Thankfully, I haven't fallen for any scam like this because I'm always weary of sites that don't give proper contact details, like an address, but I do know a party who has and it's not just the loss of money but the disappointment of receiving substandard goods, especially when kids are involved.

  Kevscar1 04 Sep 11

I would inform them. UK sites must by law provide contact details on the site. May stop others getting scammed.

  interzone55 04 Sep 11

Probably an idea to inform someone at the company who makes the real goods as well.

The European legislation coming into force seems to a stemmed from action taken by the luxury goods manufacturer LVMH against Ebay for the sale of fake perfumes on the site

  octal 04 Sep 11

alan14

That's a good point, the company that are producing the fake goods are Disney products, seeing as Disney are a global company with lots of money then they won't be best please at losing revenue.

I will pass on all your comments to the person concerned, as they are on another forum.

I'm not sure if I should put a link into the site concerned at the moment without guidance from the FE, I don't want to get this site into trouble if the published site take umbridge, although the link has been published on the other forum.

  Forum Editor 04 Sep 11

"UK sites must by law provide contact details on the site."

Yes, but that's not much help when a trader gets hold of a .co.uk domain name and runs it on a server in South Korea.

  Forum Editor 04 Sep 11
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"..the company that are producing the fake goods are Disney products"

I'm sure you didn't mean to say that. I imagine you meant 'The goods being offered are fake Disney products'.

As for publishing a link to the site concerned, I would prefer that you didn't do that, and thanks for asking. We don't want to provide free advertising for anyone in such circumstances.

  octal 04 Sep 11

'The goods being offered are fake Disney products'

That is what I meant to say, thanks.

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