Find out ‘what not to buy’ on world anti-counterfeiting day


The Highland Council’s Trading Standards team is helping to promote World Anti-Counterfeiting Day on Thursday 6th June. The event is now in its 21st year and was established by the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Network and is also backed by the UK Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG).

The impact of counterfeiting and piracy is, according to the International Chambers of Commerce, predicted:

  • to drain US$4.2 trillion from the global economy by 2022.
  • to put 5.4 million jobs at risk at the same time.

Highland Council Trading Standards have organised a display at the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Inverness as part of World Anti-Counterfeiting Day to illustrate examples of ‘what not to buy’. There will be lot of fake designer brands on display as well some unusual examples – board games, candles, alcohol, tobacco and tweed. Members of the public will be able to come to the stand to view the range of counterfeit goods on display which is being manned by Trading Standards professionals who will be able to advise about the dangers of counterfeit products.

Some of the items on display were seized during ‘Operation Sapphire’ a project which was run by the Scottish Trading Standards services to identify consumer protection crime on social media platforms and selling market places. The project which ran from April 2018 to March 2019 and involved all 31 Scottish Authorities will be launching its findings in a report to be published later in the year.

Trading Standards manager David MacKenzie said: “World Anti-Counterfeiting day is an excellent event for Trading Standards all over Scotland to highlight the excellent work being done to combat the ever-increasing selling of counterfeit goods and Highland is at the forefront of this work. The display at the Eastgate Shopping Centre will give Highland consumers the opportunity to come to see the range of ‘Fake’ goods that are being sold in the Highlands and speak to our officers.”

David MacKenzie added: “Operation Sapphire has been very successful and has highlighted several traders in Highland who are being investigated further. Earlier this year Highland Trading Standards was granted a Court Order against a woman in Wick selling counterfeit goods and we will continue to deal robustly with any individual who is found to be selling counterfeit goods and cheating the Highland public.

“By buying fake goods your money could be going towards paying for terrorism, serious crime, slavery and prostitution in the UK and around the world.”

On Highland Council’s website there is an online form which members of the public can use to pass on information about fake goods -

Consumers can also receive free and confidential advice if they have inadvertently bought goods which they think may be fake. which is backed by the Scottish Government provides advice, assistance and information to people on a range of issues, including buying goods safely online.

Scottish consumers requiring advice and assistance on any consumer issue relating to goods and services can contact through a dedicated Freephone number 0808 164 6000 or alternatively by email at

4 Jun 2019