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Latest News - 09/2017

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New campaign warns ‘there’s more at stake when it’s a fake’

25 September 2017

The campaign highlights the many consequences of buying counterfeit goods online. One of the main consequences of buying counterfeit goods on websites, social media and online is identity crime. When buying items, people will part with personal details such as their address and financial information which allows fraudsters to set-up new websites selling counterfeit goods in their name.

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Millions of counterfeit medicines seized in largest operation against illicit online pharmacies

25 September 2017

In the largest action of its kind, INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea X targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices, saw some 400 arrests worldwide and the seizure of more than USD 51 million worth of potentially dangerous medicines.

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Buying fake Viagra onlin 'Russian Roulette

25 September 2017

Almost £50m of fake Viagra has been confiscated in the last five years. Raids are being carried out to try to crack down on the problem.

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Jail sentence for selling counterfeit cigarettes

25 September 2017

A man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and his elderly accomplices given suspended sentences after all three pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit cigarettes.

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Identity stolen after buying counterfeit shoes

24 September 2017

Emily's identity was stolen and fake websites were set up in her name to sell more counterfeit goods after she bought shoes.

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Counterfeit 'Amber Leaf, Golden Virginia and Mayfair' tobacco seized in raid

23 September 2017

A Lincolnshire shop has been raided three times in six months and each time counterfeit tobacco was found on sale, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

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Rogue trader caught selling fake Buzz Lightyear dolls from the non-existent Toy Story 4!

21 September 2017

The goods were seized from Multi Choice in Harrow, north-west London, and could have been potentially dangerous, council officers said.

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Illegal stash of tobacco worth £6,800 seized from car

21 September 2017

The counterfeit goods were discovered by Gloucestershire County Council’s trading standards team, who forced entry to the vehicle on Tuesday morning.

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Counterfeit cigarettes and alcohol seized from Ealing shops

20 September 2017

Thousands of pounds of dodgy goods have been seized in raids in Southall and Greenford.

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Intellectual Property Crime on the Darknet

20 September 2017

Intellectual Property (IP) crime is committed when someone uses an intellectual property right without the authorisation of its owner. Counterfeiting and piracy are terms used to describe a range of illicit activities related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringement. Most counterfeit goods infringe a trademark, which means that a good is produced without the authorisation of its rights holder. Piracy refers to the illegal use of literary and artistic works protected by copyrights. Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) are increasingly involved in the violation of IPR

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About ACG

ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.

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