That Bargain Perfume You Bought Might Have Actual Wee In It
New investigation find knock off versions of Marc Jacobs and Chanel perfumes contain traces of urine and anti-freeze. Full story at MTV.co.uk
You might want to think twice before picking up a designer fragrance that seems suspiciously bargainous as an investigation by London police has found that pirates are topping up bottles with nasties including urine and anti-freeze.
Ahhh, nothing quites says summer scent like spritzing eau de rose with just a hint of wee on your wrists, does it?
Yep, scammers are apparently now targeting the fragrance market and after a lot of testing, it's been found that over 10,000 bottles of designer fragrance in circulation are counterfeit, also containing potentially dangerous chemicals.
These perfumes are usually sold at knock-off prices from unofficial retailers - many of which are online - with the scam artists creating fake bottles that look identical to the real versions before filling them up with a mix of perfume and gross chemicals.
Among the designers affected by the scam are Chanel and Marc Jacobs, although the good news is that 10 men from the USA have now been arrested in connection with the counterfeiting. If charged they could face up to 30 years in prison.
“Many people don’t know about the real dangers counterfeit beauty products pose to health," Detective Superintendent Maria Woodall of City of London Police says. “Beauty products are meant to enhance your features, however the fakes can in fact do quite the opposite.
“Our general rule is; if it seems too good to be true then it probably is. Not only could these products have serious implications to your health and wellbeing but by simply going online and buying from a rogue site or dealer, your personal and financial information is at risk.”