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People in Renfrewshire are being warned to be careful when buying last minute Christmas presents due to a rise in the number of fake goods becoming available.

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Renfrewshire Council Trading Standards experts have warned that counterfeit goods, such as toys, make-up, perfumes and hair styling appliances may not have undergone safety testing and could be dangerous to the people buying or using them.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board said:

“Every year, we see people being injured by faulty goods bought online or items from markets supplied by untraceable sellers.

“Our Trading Standards & Licensing team are continually keeping an eye on products but we still see unsafe products on the market.

She added: “The last thing we want is for Renfrewshire residents to have a ruined Christmas and I would urge people who are seeking out bargains to be extra vigilant at this time of year. Put safety first rather than price.”

Further advice from the Trading Standards & Licensing team includes checking labels, logos and instructions and only buying from reputable, authorised dealers.

Ensure that any toys you buy are CE marked and suitable for the relevant child. Check for age restrictions and hazard warnings and ensure instructions are adhered to.

Customers buying online should always check reviews and feedback on the seller and be wary of goods advertised as ‘seconds’ or ‘rejects’.

For further advice on goods you have purchased, you can call the Trading Standards team on 0300 300 0380 or send an e-mail to