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21/12/04
Beware the Twelve Scams of Christmas
- Shoppers given festive list of dodgy deals

BARGAIN-HUNTERS have been warned to beware of a range of scams that are most noticeable in the Christmas shopping period.

Westminster Council, which is responsible for most of the central London shopping districts, has produced a '12 Scams of Christmas' leaflet and is also to operate a fake fake-goods stall on Oxford Street, one of the traditional haunts of the scam-artist.

Among the most popular present-items sold by conmen and women are designer label gear and brand-name perfumes. "With the amount of money being spent on presents it is not surprising that the unscrupulous try to scam people out of money on dodgy goods and services," said Danny Chalkley of Westminster Council. "Cheap perfume may be easy on the pocket but will certainly not be good for the skin."

Fake 'brand-name' cosmetics and perfumes top the 12 strong list. The others are:
2. Rip-off, low-quality, designer gear.
3. Cheap children's toys that are often dangerous.
4. Fake brand-name vodka, which can be a health risk.
5. Bargain Christmas tree lights which wouldn't pass electricity safety tests.
6. Dodgy DVDs that are often of poor quality.
7. Double-booking of rooms by hotels.
8. Office parties massively over-charged by restaurants.
9. Theatre and concert tickets featuring a huge price increase over the Christmas period.
10. Unqualified 'plumbers' ready to 'fix' burst water-pipes.
11. Text messages on phones offering mega-money prizes.
12. Cash-point thefts and cash-card forgery.




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