News and Scam Alerts from Coventry Trading Standards - 21 December 2017

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News and Scam Alerts from Coventry Trading Standards - 21 December 2017

In this issue:

Prosecution News: Leamington man sentenced after illegal cigarette lies in Coventry


12 month prison sentence for storing illegal tobacco products.

A resident of Leamington Spa has been sentenced to a year of immediate custody following the discovery of over 8,000 packets of illegal cigarettes and a series of lies to Trading Standards officers in Coventry. 

Mr Arsalan Abdulbakht, 28, of Buckley Road, Leamington Spa was sentenced to 12 months in prison when he appeared at Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday 11 December. 

The sentence followed an investigation by Coventry’s Trading Standards Team that led to over 8,000 packets of illegal cigarettes and 900 packets of hand rolling tobacco being found in a storage unit in Coventry. The court heard how intelligence was received that illegal cigarettes were being held in a city storage unit and being distributed to shops in Coventry and Warwickshire. 


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.... and more prosecution news: Coventry car trader fined for selling an unroadworthy car

Mr Avram Mustata trading as Prestige Cars Coventry Limited, Holbrooks Lane, Coventry pleaded guilty to two offences on Monday 18 December 2017 and received a £500 fine with a victim surcharge of £50. Costs of £500 and £1300 compensation was awarded. 

Offences were committed under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 for selling an unroadworthy Ford C Max Titanium on 25 November 2016. 

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Argos delivery scam text warning


Coventry Trading Standards is warning residents to be aware of spoof texts attempting to steal your personal and financial information.

A Stoke Aldermoor resident reported receiving an authentic looking text from Argos in regards to an order that was placed. At the end of the text there is a link to ‘check it here’

If you click on this link, you will no doubt be taken to a fake server and a page asking you to provide personal information, including full credit/debit card details.

Criminals can then steal any information that you supply and use it to commit credit card fraud in your name, and attempt to steal your identity.

Argos are aware of this latest scam and have posted the following on their Facebook page: 

“Please be aware that we will not send an SMS with a link to any site other than our own. If you are unsure about an SMS sent to you, if you have not ordered from ourselves or indeed even if you have, please do feel free to contact us directly so we can confirm if this is genuine or not.”

Their advice is to delete the message and do not click on any links.

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Recall - Dr. Oetker Regal-Ice Ready Rolled Icing – White


Dr Oetker is recalling its Regal-Ice Ready Rolled Icing White because some packs were mistakenly filled with ready rolled marzipan.

This means the product poses a health risk for anyone with an allergy to nuts (almonds).

The product is sold through ASDA, Sainsbury's, Shoprite and Tesco stores.

Product: Dr Oetker Regal-Ice Ready Rolled Icing White

Pack size: 450g

Batch code: 17286

Barcode: 5010301043458

Best Before: 12 October 2018

Advice: If you have bought the above product and have an allergy to nuts, do not eat it. Instead return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.

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Fingerlings: Warning over this years 'must have' toy as fakes flood the marketplace.


Fingerlings, this year’s Christmas must-have toy, have made national news as stock shortages have sent desperate parents into the arms of counterfeit traders with cheap, potentially dangerous fakes.

Many of these fakes are now being offered on online marketplaces as the counterfeiters cash in.

There is often no way of knowing whether these fakes meet strict toy safety standards and they are also more likely not to work properly, with no easy way of getting refunds or replacements.

To avoid fakes, we urge residents to look out for spelling or grammar mistakes on the packaging. Counterfeit versions will also have different names such as ‘Baby Monkey’, ‘Happy Monkey’ or ‘Finger Monkey’.  

Genuine Fingerlings are sold in blister packaging (a moulded plastic top sealed onto a cardboard backing sheet) and will  have the manufacturer’s details "WowWee" printed on the packaging: WowWee Canada Inc. 3700 Saint Patrick Street, Suite 206, Montreal, QC, H4E 1A2.

Toys must meet strict safety standards and undergo rigorous testing to ensure that they are safe. Counterfeit toys will have been manufactured with absolutely no regard for safety.

Trading Standards advise that if you want genuine products stick to the high street stores and pay the price. For some the fake might be good enough as they can’t afford the real thing, but the real cost in the long run may far outweigh the initial saving.

Remember the old saying “If it’s too good to be true then it probably is”.

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