CONSUMERS WARNED OVER \'FAKE\' GOLD SOLD ONLINE

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.

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