Tips to help you avoid fake goods at Christmas time from Suffolk Trading Standards

A SAFE and scam free Christmas is on the agenda with Suffolk Trading Standards’ unique take on the twelve days of Christmas.

Every day tips and advice for the festive period are tweeted on the Suffolk Trading Standards’ Twitter page @suffolkTS and posted on the Facebook page

Twelve children playing - always buy toys from trustworthy shops and online outlets - rogue traders may deal in cheap unsafe toys that do not meet the required safety standards

Eleven plumbers plumbing - use reputable and trustworthy traders -Trading Standards work with to make the Suffolk Trader directory available online to everyone

Ten misleading food claims – a local company was recently fined over £28,000 after misleading the public with false labelling claims since 2007

Nine white vans selling - Goods sold from the back of a van may be stolen, counterfeit, unsafe or simply overpriced.

Eight maids a-milking - The Farm Shop Charter is designed to raise the standards of food and allergen labelling within Suffolk farm shops

Seven bodgers bodging - ‘No Cold Calling Zones’ feature across Suffolk in a bid to protect vulnerable members of he community from rogue traders

Six sharks a lending - The Trading Standards illegal money lending team are warning people to steer clear of illegal lenders.Five gold rings – If you are thinking of selling your unwanted jewellery make sure you shop around for the best price

Four calling scams - Don’t give out any personal details like your address or ‘confirm’ details like your bank account number over the telephone or via email

Three fake pens - Every year Trading Standards receives floods of complaints from consumers who have unwittingly purchased counterfeit goods online.

Two faulty gloves - The law says any item you buy must be of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose and match any description given ...and a Christmas that is safe and scam free.