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Shoppers warned to watch out for fake goods on Black Friday

15 November 2017

FIREFIGHTERS are warning consumers to shop carefully on Black Friday November 24 and avoid fake electrical products which pose a serious fire risk. Black Friday falls during the national Fire Kills Electrical Safety Week from November 20-26 and is a retail bonanza which encourages people to shop for a festive bargain.

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Fake booze! £7,700 dram is counterfeit

03 November 2017

A DRAM of whisky dubbed the most expensive in the world after a Chinese author paid £7,700 for it was a fake, an investigation has revealed.

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Arrests linked to smuggled cigs and fake vodka factory

06 October 2017

Five men have been arrested in Liverpool during raids linked to a suspected £100,000 tax fraud involving smuggled cigarettes, an illegal vodka factory and tax credits fraud.

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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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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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Counterfeit vodka left customer ill for days

15 September 2017

A Grimsby trader was caught selling fake vodka when a customer noticed it smelled of screenwash and became ill for a number of days.

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Pub and club bosses to gather at city conference in bid to improve business

13 September 2017

Ten workshops covering a wide range of topics including noise management, recognising counterfeit goods, protecting premises against drugs misuse and the impact of the pending city review of licensing policy.

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Counterfeit vodka factory found in Liverpool

20 July 2017

The vodka, that could leave drinkers hospitalised or worse, was labelled inside the factory as No 01 Imperial Vodka Blue.

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Drugs and counterfeit goods go hand in hand!

28 April 2017

28.04.17 - Almost 6,000 raids led to the recovery of 1,700kg of drugs with a street value of €30m, while more than 71,000 counterfeit goods such as watches and clothing were taken in by the authorities. Just under 1,600 vehicles were seized.

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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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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.

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