DVDs of the latest Lord of the Rings film.
The DVDs were seized from a passenger who arrived at Heathrow on
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
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
'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
'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
email@example.com 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.