Dyson has issued a warning to shoppers after hospital secretary Virginia Black, 33, was nearly burned by one of the fake products. Her husband bought it from Amazon for £299
Image: Steve Black)
Criminals are putting consumers at risk by selling fake £299 Dyson Supersonic hair dryers on Amazon.
Counterfeits are near-perfect copies of the must-have product, but can potentially be deadly.
Sales of genuine Dyson dryers skyrocketed when reality TV star Kendall Jenner, 26, revealed she used one.
But criminal gangs are now using Amazon and other marketplace websites to deceive online shoppers.
Dyson issued a warning to shoppers after hospital secretary Virginia Black, 33, was nearly burned by one of the counterfeits.
Her husband Steve, 35, who bought the hair dryer at full price on Amazon, said: “My wife was drying her hair and the attachment fell on her head.
“She smelled burnt and unplugged it immediately. The ending where the heat comes out had a courier pick it up but they say it’s counterfeit and extremely dangerous.
Engineer Steve, from Stevenage, Herts, added: “I’m very worried that other people have these ticking time bombs in their homes.
“When we contacted Amazon they said it was sold by a third party seller and that was not their problem.
Consumer charity Electrical Safety First has urged the government to make online marketplaces legally responsible for stopping the sale of unsafe products. Most counterfeits come from China. Last month, seven crooks who ran a factory making fake Supersonic dryers were jailed or heavily fined in eastern China’s Shangdong province.
A Dyson spokesperson said: “We are sorry to hear that Mr and Mrs Black have been duped by unscrupulous counterfeiters who sold them a dangerous product.
“We have a team dedicated to finding these manufacturers and holding them to account.
“Consumers need to be mindful of danger, and marketplaces like Amazon need to take greater responsibility for their sellers and what they sell.”
Amazon said: “The product in question has been removed, we have taken action against the seller and the customer has received a full refund.
“We encourage customers who have concerns to report them to us.”