26 February 2021
Despicable criminal counterfeiters are now threating the safety of new-born babies and toddlers and that’s why ACG welcomes the news that the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has launched a major investigation into counterfeit baby carriers being sold on eBay.
The baby carrier in question is the ‘Ergobaby Omni 360’ and PIPCU is asking anyone who has recently purchased one of these but not from the company’s official website, to get in touch as quickly as possible.
Phil Lewis, Director General of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) says that counterfeiters have recently stooped to appalling levels menace and are clearly attacking our families. He congratulates PIPCU on their great work “this will not only take out some highly dangerous criminals, but it also highlights the grave threat consumers face from unsafe fake products being sold online”. ACG has been working hard to ensure that UK Government understands the growing dangers that counterfeiting brings to families across the UK. The hope is that the Government will reconsider the need to place counterfeiting in the future Online Harms Bill, which is primarily aimed at better protecting consumers.
Rachel Jones, CEO of Snapdragon IP and creator of Totseat, a mobile highchair for babies expressed her concern “counterfeit baby products are such a worry - unwittingly purchased in all innocence, by folks just looking for a good deal, yet the potential for disaster is unspeakable”.
There is a need to keep families safe and even if you have been duped into buying a fake without realising “all that matters is keeping your little ones safe, so anyone who may have a fake should contact PIPCU and the brand as recommended. Safety is every brand’s priority for every customer. It’s not the brand’s fault they have been counterfeited - nor the customers’ in thinking it was real.”
The advice here is that counterfeiters are clever and will do anything to replicate and sell what looks like originals. Consumers need to be aware when the price looks too good to be true, it normally is. Where at all possible, buy directly from the brand’s website.
Further information can be found at: https://ergobaby.com/counterfeits
Read the full PIPCU Press Release here: https://www.a-cg.org/newsdesk/other-press-releases
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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