23 July 2021
Which?, the UK’s major consumer champion, has released a worrying new report confirming how scams soared, between April 2020 and March 2021 and that UK consumers have suffered over £2 billion in losses.
According to Which?, a 65% rise means that online shopping fraud is now a major concern. The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) has reported that sales of counterfeit goods have played a huge part in threatening consumers and further damaging the economy and jobs. Phil Lewis, Director General of the ACG confirms that “as more consumers looked to protect themselves during the height of the pandemic, by further shopping online, international counterfeiting criminals moved in. Selling everything from counterfeit day to day, household goods to fake medicines these predators have once again shown how low they will stoop to make profit at anyone’s expense”.
ACG supports all efforts to raise awareness about this increasingly dangerous area of crime and Phil Lewis warns that “Consumers have never been at more risk from dangerous counterfeits and associated criminality such as credit card and identity fraud. The message is that people need to very careful when buying online and should only use reputable websites and e-commerce businesses”.
Read the full Which? - Scams Rocket by 33% During Pandemic Article here
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.
Membership with the ACG is the best way to work with government and enforcement bodies to protect your brand. Our Roadshows and training days help you reach out to police, trading standards and border force officers and tell them about your genuine products.