UK Police warn against counterfeit cosmetics

UK Police warn against counterfeit cosmetics

The law enforcement authorities in the United Kingdom have said advised consumers to beware about the fake beauty products after some unsuspected elements were found in some of the products.

The police said that rat droppings, human urine and arsenic were among the substances found in some of the fake beauty products being sold in the market in the country. The police asked the consumers to beware about such products and warned that it might even pose a risk to the lives of the users.

They said that make-up, perfume, electrical hair styles and sun cream are among the fake goods.The City of London Police has launched a campaign bearing the slogan "wake up - don't fake up!". Estimates showed that about £90million is spent on fake goods every year in the UK. They said that the sale of fake products have increased with the rise in online shopping.

The authorities said that fake beauty products are increasingly becoming commonand available on auction sites, online market places, rogue websites and social media in the country. Police said that images of real products are often used online to sell fake products. Det Supt Maria Woodall, who oversees the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) at City of London Police, said: "Many people don't know about the real dangers counterfeit beauty products pose to their health.Criminals are exploiting every opportunity to fool customers into buying counterfeits in order for them to make some quick cash - putting peoples' health, homes and lives at risk.Beauty products are meant to enhance your features. However, the fakes can in fact do quite the opposite. Our general rule is: if it seems too good to be true then it probably is."

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