Arsenic and human waste found in fake make-up

18 May 2015

make-up Do you like putting human urine on your face? How about rat poo? Do you want to daub yourself with a mixture of the aforementioned, especially when it is mixed together with arsenic? If you're into that, you should totally buy a load of fake make-up.

If not, then the police are saying that you should avoid fake beauty products, which are being sold all over Britain.

A campaign has been launched called 'Wake Up - Don't Fake Up', which aims to warn consumers about the fake beauty product industry, which is reportedly worth £90m a year. This isn't some dodgy person flogging counterfeit perfume out of a suitcase on a street corner - thanks to the internet, these products are everywhere.

Sadly, consumers are being conned as, online, you can't hold the product to see inspect it and stock images are being used with these knock-off goods, so they look like the real deal.

The police's lab tests have shown all manner of horrible stuff in them. Fake perfumes have been tested and, in them, they've found cyanide and urine.

Many counterfeit cosmetics are made in unsanitary factories, which means whatever vermin is creeping around there is taking a dump in the products, which you then wipe all over your face. Not cool.

Something is being done about this, though - in the last 18 months, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has suspended more than 5,500 websites which were flogging fake-up, and they seized more than £3.5m worth of products.

Detective Superintendent Maria Woodall said: "Many people don't know about the real dangers counterfeit beauty products pose to their health. That is why this week we are urging the public to Wake up - don't fake up! Criminals are exploiting every opportunity to fool customers into buying counterfeits in order for them to make some quick cash - putting people's health, homes and lives at risk."

"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."

TOPICS:   Scams

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