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MP’s warning as shoppers hunt for Christmas bargains

PUBLISHED: 10:47 25 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:47 25 November 2016

Teresa Pearce is warning people to stay safe with their online purchases

Teresa Pearce is warning people to stay safe with their online purchases

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Teresa Pearce has warned of the dangers of counterfeit goods

New reasearch from an electrical safety charity has revealed the dangers of buying fake goods.

In the run up to Christmas, Teresa Pearce, Erith and Thamesmead MP, has backed warnings from experts at Electrical Safety First.

The Labour MP said: “I was shocked to find three out of five fake electrical goods and purchased online and a third of buyers experience a major problem with the item.

“Almost half of all domestic fires in the UK are caused by electricity.”

The safety charity found one in six UK customers have bought fake electrical items as a a Christmas gift.

Ms Pearce added: “Fake goods are often cheaper becaues they omit key components which can affect the safety and functionality of the product.

“If unsure of whether the product you are buying is a fake or not. I would urge you to use ESF’s online advice - it could be the difference between a Happy Christmas and not!”

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