Llanfaes woman fined for Facebook cosmetics fraud

A Llanfaes woman has been fined for selling fake cosmetics online.

The 28 year-old pleaded guilty to two charges of selling counterfeit accessories via a Facebook group and a website.

The case has prompted a warning from Trading Standards officers on Anglesey that anyone selling counterfeit goods online will be caught.

Caernarfon magistrates heard test purchases of mascara were made from the ‘Fashion & Cosmetics’ group and the ‘Mistique Madness’ site after officers received a complaint last November. They found branded products from ‘Benefit, They’re Real’ and ‘Dior, Addict IT-Lash’ were counterfeit.

There was evidence on her mobile phone and laptop of conversations with disgruntled customers and that she knew the items were fake. The website was later closed while the Facebook page has not been updated since June.

The woman was ordered to pay a total of £420, including court costs and a surcharge.

David Riley, chief public protection officer for Anglesey Council, said: ”This sends a clear message to anyone thinking of selling counterfeit goods – we will not tolerate it. These particular cosmetics were not tested, but similar counterfeit products have found to be unsafe due to high levels of heavy metals and arsenic. We’d urge consumers to be careful and not to be duped by an apparent bargain and promise of cheaper prices as counterfeit products are poor quality and often unsafe.”