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A Counterfeit Toy Story: Choking Hazards, Age Restrictions and Safety

In our article covering counterfeit goods back in June (Available HERE), we looked at the impact of fake goods on the UK economy and the detrimental effect that such products can have upon consumers. Recent research from the Anti-Counterfeiting Forum estimates that the proliferation of counterfeit goods has resulted in a cost of £30bn (or the equivalent …

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Harm and the Farm: Illicit dealings in Puppy Farming

When the term ‘puppy farm’ was first put to me, my mind’s eye conjured up images of dogs bounding happily and freely through fields. I thought of a friendly farmer and his family spending time with their dogs, long walks in the countryside and fresh air. Unfortunately, the reality is often a lot less pleasant. …

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Romance Scams: Top Tips to Avoid a Broken Heart and Empty Bank Account

Imagine meeting the love of your life online. Imagine telling that person all about you and imagining a happy future together. Imagine trusting that person enough to share very personal information, including financial details and even giving that person large sums of money they told you they desperately need. Now imagine finding out that it …

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Fake Online Reviews: Is That Deal Truly What You Bargained For?

In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with information about what we should be buying. We open Facebook and are presented with adverts for items that we were looking at elsewhere the day before. We are told by a barrage of reviews that a specific face cream will make us look younger, that a pair of running …

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Airbnb: Top tips for guests – whether savvy travelers or new navigators

The majority of us with access to a computer and internet connection are aware of what Airbnb is. Visiting a different town or city can be daunting as it is, without a question mark hanging above the place we are going to be staying. At consumeradvice.scot, we wanted to make it as straightforward as possible …

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