Counterfeit goods containing rat droppings

The “Wake Up Don’t Fake Up” Campaign

The Pest Control industry is now regularly coming across counterfeit goods containing rat droppings. With incidents occurring especially in the health and beauty market, this has created a scare amongst users of make-up, perfume, sun cream and other products. The City of London Police have identified the problem as part of their “Wake Up Don’t Fake Up” campaign.

The police campaign aims to bring more awareness to the dangers of counterfeit goods, which cost the UK about £90 million per year. The problems are multiplied in the online markets, where buyers looking for bargains cannot see or smell the products before ordering and paying for them.

Clive Bonny, a Responsible Business Advisor, says “Product sourcing and confirming authenticity becomes very difficult online. People are so focused on price; they sometimes forget to check quality. Low price and top quality do not always go hand in hand. Generic images of products are often used to deceive buyers, and these products are not tested to the same standards of the real goods.”

Staff at Safeguard Pest Control are Ready to Offer Solutions

The staff at Safeguard Pest Control are already aware of the issue and have offered some solutions for unwary buyers. Pennie Gadd and colleague Rosie agreed “When buying these products online; if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.” Police are also reporting that victims buying fake goods online later found that their payment details had been duplicated to make further illegal purchases.

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For more information, please contact:

Clive Bonny


Telephone: 01273 308865

James Sheehan

Safeguard Pest Control would recommend that you bear in mind that counterfeit goods may contain rat droppings, or even arsenic in beauty products. If in doubt contact one of our staff for assistance.

Telephone: 0808 252 2660

If you are looking for advice on rat pest control, please contact us.

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