(DD) Fraud conviction

17 Aug 2015 15:00 PM

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Police are warning people to check that so called 'designer' handbags sold on-line are genuine before parting with cash.

This advice comes after a woman was convicted of fraud by false representation and possessing criminal property after selling fake designer handbags on-line.

The 35-year-old woman, appeared before North Tyneside Magistrates Court on Friday, August 14, she pleaded guilty to the two charges and was ordered to pay £3,000 compensation and costs.

The woman advertised counterfeit Hermes handbags as authentic designer bags on her website, with prices ranging from £3,000 to £6,000.  Police investigated when the fakes were discovered.

Detective Sergeant Simon Gilhespy, said: "We know that genuine designer handbags sell for many thousands of pounds and would always urge people looking to buy a bargain designer bag privately online to be extremely cautious.

"Buyers need to be able to authenticate that such an item is genuine, which is very difficult to do when the seller is a private individual online. This can only usually be done when the buyer has taken delivery of the goods and by this time money will have already changed hands.

"Remember, if it looks to good to be true, then it probably is."


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