Trading Standards Information and Advice: Good sports don’t fake it!

National Consumer Week is taking place this year from the 21st -25th November and will have the Olympics as its theme.

The idea is to alert consumers to all the fakes and scams that exist around the Olympics. This can include fake goods and merchandise, package holidays or deals, fake tickets or ticket websites, Olympic lottery scams.

The central message is for the campaign is Good Sports Don’t Fake It!

On the approach to the Olympics Trading Standards expect to see an increase in complaints surrounding associated goods and tickets. It is therefore important for consumers to be aware of how to protect themselves.

Only purchase tickets from trusted sources and make sure that you are buying merchandise from official producers. For more information about official London 2012 ticket sites visit

Over the coming months further advice and guidance will be provided by the Trading Standards institute to protect consumers from losing out to scammers.

In the meantime you can find further information on how to recognise counterfeits and what Trading Standards do by visiting