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NTSB's e-Crime Centre 'concerned' by key fob lookalike mobile phones

Small mobile phones, designed to look like car key fobs, has sparked safety fears and conerns that they could be used by prisoners, due to the low metal content and small size.

In an article published by the BBC (, the government revealed it has been working with the National Trading Standards Board's e-Crime Centre and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) to combat this situation.

The NTSB's eCrime Centre is working with the Serious Organised Crime Agency because we are concerned these phones may be sold to young children as novelty items and they may be dangerous.  The phones may also infringe the trade marks of a number of prestige car brands.  

Lord Toby Harris, Chairman of the National Trading Standards Board said  “Trading Standards takes a very serious view of products being sold that might pose a danger to members of the public.  We are particularly concerned that these phone are being sold online and retailers may not be aware of who they are selling them to.  We would urge online retailers not to sell these phones, or members of the public to buy them.”


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Joe Blamey at or 08454 608 9575 

The National Trading Standards Board (NTSB) is a group of senior and experienced local government heads of trading standards, representing all trading standards services across England and Wales. The Board has been set up by the Government as part of changes to the consumer protection landscape and an enhanced role for trading standards.

NTSB provides leadership influence, support and resources to help combat consumer and business detriment locally, regionally and nationally. 

DATE: 21 August 2013