CONSUMERS WARNED OVER 'FAKE' GOLD SOLD ONLINE
Research has been released from the British Hallmarking Council
A third of "gold" jewellery sold by some online traders is not advertised as having a hallmark and therefore could be fake, a study suggests.
The British Hallmarking Council said it was concerned that consumers were being "duped" after a 10-day internet sweep found that 36% of gold jewellery listings - or 6,377 - had not been advertised as hallmarked.
Of those listings, 24% were suspected as fake and therefore being sold illegally, it said.
It is illegal to sell anything in the UK made from a precious metal, silver, gold, platinum and palladium, over a certain weight without a hallmark, which confirms the material.Published: by Radio NewsHub