Fake Nintendo games consoles and power adaptors could put consumers’ lives in danger, warns HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
Hundreds of imported counterfeit Nintendo consoles seized at UK freight depots have been found with potentially dangerous power adaptors.
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Fake Nintendo DS consoles
Many of the seized machines were counterfeit versions of Nintendo’s popular DS and DS Lite handheld condoles which had been purchased from a range of websites, mainly based in Asia.
The counterfeiters claimed the items were ‘genuine Nintendo products,’ costing £40, instead of the usual retail price of £100.
Nintendo confirmed the Nintendo DS consoles and power adapters were counterfeit. It said the adapters are potentially dangerous as they have not been electronically tested and do not meet strict UK safety standards.
Avoid fake products
HMRC’s Head of Intellectual Property rights, Pamela Rogers, said: ‘UK consumers must be vigilant when purchasing goods online. Buy from a reputable or regulated site and, if purchasing from outside the UK or a new website, research the site – check all the facts before you buy.’
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