Consumer Watchdog Raises the Alert on Christmas Shopping Scams

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Last-minute Christmas shoppers have been urged to be extra cautious over the next few days to protect themselves against fraudsters. The Uganda Consumers' Protection Association (UCPA) says there is an increase in counterfeit products on the market as the rush to buy gifts and food intensifies in the run up to Christmas Day. The UCPA Executive Director, Sam Watasa, says many expired and substandard products are being sold in shops and supermarkets around Uganda. He explains that because the law does not adequately protect buyers against such fraud, there is a need for the public to take extra precautions to guard against scams. Watasa says the most common way in which shoppers are duped into buying substandard products is through attractive, but unrealistic sales. //Cue in: iPre-packaged foods that are ...i Cue out: i# you have examined.i// Items on high demand in downtown Kampala are also being used by fraudsters to make an easy buck this Christmas season. Cheap, poorly made clothes and shoes are on sale for unbelievably low prices. Uganda Radio Network visited several shops where imitation leather shoes were selling for as low as 3,000 shillings a pair.