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Customs officers at Heathrow Airport have seized 2,250 counterfeit ...
Customs officers at Heathrow Airport have seized 2,250 counterfeit

DVDs of the latest Lord of the Rings film.

The DVDs were seized from a passenger who arrived at Heathrow on

20 December from Pakistan. The DVDs featured all three of

the Lord of the Rings films including 'Return of the King' which only

went on general release on 17 December.


HM Customs issued a press release on 19 December warning

consumers of the dangers of purchasing counterfeit goods. The text is

reproduced below:

Customs warns shoppers to beware of fake Christmas gifts

In the lead up to Christmas and the new year Customs are warning

people in London not to be fooled by counterfeit goods.

'Too good to be true' cheap Christmas offers from illegitimate

sources may well be fake. The most common items illegally sold

include DVDs, fashion accessories bearing fake labels, and alcohol

and tobacco products. The people selling them prey on Christmas

shoppers, and know they are selling counterfeit goods but they are

only interested in making a profit.

Customs minister and economic secretary to the Treasury and John

Healey, said:

'This is a timely warning in the run-up to the last shopping weekend

before Christmas. Counterfeit goods tend to be quite obvious - they

are often sold on street corners, have no genuine warranty and no

refund or exchange guarantee and they are illegal in the UK. When it

comes to fake cigarettes and alcohol, they may look genuine and

appear cheap, but you don't know what has been put in them. If in

doubt, err on the side of caution - don't let the counterfeiters ruin

your Christmas.

'Many of the people who sell counterfeit goods are also evading taxes

and probably helping to fund further crimes'.

Customs works in partnership with legitimate industries and other

agencies, such as the Food Standards Agency, Trading Standards and

the Police to tackle those involved in the counter feit industry.

If you think that what you are being offered is fake, don't be

tempted to buy, call our 24-hour freephone on 0800 59 5000, e-mail or fax free on 0800 5280506.

Customs will continue to target the illegal tobacco and alcohol trade

in London in the run up to Christmas, which threatens the livelihoods

of our honest shopkeepers across the region and robs the taxpayer of

revenue to fund your public services.

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