A warning has been issued on behalf of all local authorities in the UK about the risk of buying fake football shirts and memorabilia.
The Local Government Association says Trading Standards departments have been carrying out investigations to combat the sale of thousands of pounds worth of fake goods, including signed shirts. They report officers seized over £240,000 worth of fake football t-shirts at East Midlands Airport, while Leicestershire County Council found 12,000 football kits in a series of incidents.
Similar operations in Newport and Dorset have also resulted in uncovering fake eBay accounts selling kit - one operation found more than £1 million of fake memorabilia including a genuine shirt with a fake Wayne Rooney signature.
Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board said: “Scammers are cunning and opportunistic so the World Cup fever gripping the nation provides a way for them to callously try to exploit people’s enthusiasm for all things football.
He added: “People should always do their research when buying football memorabilia and replica kits. Check the reviews of online sellers, and bear in mind that if something is really cheap, it’s likely to be fake.”
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