A Facebook seller in Boston has been caught flogging thousands of bottles of fake perfumes.
Police and trading standards raided the seller’s home on July 4, finding counterfeit versions of Chanel, Dior, YSL, Hugo Boss and Giorgio Armani.
The seller responsible was known to be selling the fake fragrances on over 500 ‘items for sale in…. ‘ Facebook pages, with authorities acting on intelligence provided to them.
Dan Brown, senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “After significant intelligence from our social media channels and from other trading standards teams across the country, we worked with Lincolnshire Police to raid the Facebook seller’s home address.
“We were shocked at what we found – there must have been thousands of bottles of counterfeit perfume piled up in the living room!
“For consumers who are choosing to buy these products – they might think they are getting a bargain, but counterfeit products are usually made up of ingredients which are harmful.
“Many counterfeit perfumes can contain poisonous chemicals including cyanide and even human urine which can be very harmful and toxic.
“I’d say to consumers that if a deal seems too good to be true then it probably is. Not only could these products leave you out of pocket, but also could have serious implications to your health and wellbeing.”
Investigations are now ongoing.