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Birmingham UGG boots store in ‘fake scam’ after two arrested on suspicion of fraudShop set up at Christmas in Pavilions is closed down after police raid in front of stunned shoppers17:41, 31 DEC 2014Updated17:42, 31 DEC 2014UGG shop in the Pavilions Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo suspected fraudsters have been arrested after police swooped on a city centre Birmingham shop which had allegedly been selling fake designer UGG boots.Officers raided the store, based in the Pavilions shopping mall, following complaints from angry customers who claimed they had been ripped off.The shop, which had UGG signage, had been allowed to open at the prime city centre location just days before Christmas.But customers looked on in shock last weekend as two people were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation, while officers seized cash and around 100 pairs of ‘UGG boots’ worth all believed to be fakes.Police, consumer watchdogs and retail bosses are now all investigating the alleged fraud, with hundreds of shoppers being potential victims of a counterfeiting scam.It is understood the store was selling UGG boots for each at least less then the genuine products sell for.Police fear at least 150 shoppers purchased products from the store in the four days it was open between December 23 and 6pm last Saturday when it was closed by police.Furious shoppers told the Birmingham Mail that the convincing UGG signage above the front of the shop convinced them into thinking it was genuine.”It had a big UGG logo on the shop front and had hundreds of UGG items on display,” said one woman,
ugg shop manchester Birmingham UGG boots store in 'fake scam' after two arrested on suspicion of fraud
who did not wish to be named. “There were signs on the window saying there was a sale with 70 per cent off, which would make you think that the prices were right because they were in the sales.”She said her teenage daughter brought a pair of boots from the shop on Christmas Eve, but her friend started to question whether they were genuine UGG boots when she checked the quality of the product.”The shop claimed they were the real deal,” she added. “When I went to get her money back, the shop had closed. I’m angry that this shop was even allowed to open.”A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Two people were arrested at a store in the Pavilions at 6pm on December 27 on suspicion of fraud by false representation.”They have since been released on bail pending further inquiries and we are now investigating the matter further in conjunction with Birmingham City Council’s trading standards team.”A spokeswoman for the Pavilions added: “We were not aware that the store in question was selling counterfeit goods until we were notified by the police and trading standards. The store is currently closed.”UGG, which has a genuine store in the Bullring shopping centre, was unavailable for comment. But its website said it was “committed to protecting customers from counterfeit products”.It warned that many fraudsters were trying to cash in on the brand’s name, with a text message scam currently luring customers to a scam sale online.Meanwhile, trading standards has also warned shoppers to be vigilant, revealing that over 3,600 counterfeit or unsafe products with a street value of almost had been seized by officers across the city since April.Coun Barbara Dring, chairman of the council’s public protection committee, said: “The vast majority of traders in the city are responsible and sell legitimate products,
ugg shop manchester Birmingham UGG boots store in 'fake scam' after two arrested on suspicion of fraud
but there are a number of rogue traders and con artists who see an opportunity to make money dishonestly”I would urge consumers to check labels and branding to make sure they are genuine. Any product on sale anywhere other than the official retailer should be considered as suspect.”