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Police appeal for UGG boot ‘fraud’ victims to come forward as gran claims: ‘I was sold fakes’Two arrested after officers swooped on store in Birmingham Pavilions21:00, 2 JAN 2015UGG shop in the Pavilions Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA gran has told how she was duped out of by alleged UGG boot fraudsters as police appealed for other potential victims to come forward.Two suspects were bailed after being arrested when police swooped on an alleged fake UGG shop in Birmingham last weekend.They swooped on the premises in the Pavilions shopping mall following complaints from angry customers claiming they had been ripped off.Today, Janet Mills claimed she spent on two pairs of boots for her daughter and grand daughter.She bought them while shopping there with her grand daughter, Carmen Mills, aged 14.”We both thought the boots looked genuine, they didn’t look like they’d been glued together or anything,” she said.”I got a bit suspicious when the guy said he couldn’t accept debit cards.”He told me it was because they were closing down and it was cash only.”Mrs Mills, from Oldbury, went to a cashpoint,
with another man who was in the queue behind her, and they both drew out money.”As we were walking to the cashpoint the man said to me, ‘do you think they’re genuine?’, but we both went back and bought the boots.”She said the first she knew they had probably been scammed was when they read the story in the Birmingham Mail.”I thought, oh my God and checked the receipt and that’s when I noticed it was the HUGGS store, not UGGS, and knew they were fakes,” she said.”We don’t know what to do now and don’t think there’s much chance of getting our money back.”The shop, which had UGG signage, had been allowed to open at the prime city centre location just days before Christmas.It was closed down after the police swoop when two people were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false represenation. They were later bailed.Officers seized cash and around 100 pairs of ‘UGG boots’ worth all believed to be fakes.Police, consumer watchdogs and retail bosses are all investigating the alleged fraud,
with hundreds of shoppers feared to be potential victims of a counterfeiting scam.It is understood the store was selling UGG boots for each at least less then the genuine products sell for.It is feared at least 150 shoppers purchased products from the store in the four days it was open and now West Midlands Police have urged anyone who believes they unwittingly purchased fake UGGs from the store to contact officers by calling 101.