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TED Talk: How fake handbags fund terrorism and organized crime

31 January 2018

What's the harm in buying a knock-off purse or a fake designer watch? According to counterfeit investigator Alastair Gray, fakes like these fund terrorism and organized crime. Learn more about the trillion-dollar underground economy of counterfeiting -- from the criminal organizations that run it to the child labor they use to produce its goods -- as well as measures you can take to help stop it. "Let's shine a light on the dark forces of counterfeiting that are hiding in plain sight," Gray says.

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Kent County Council Trading Standards seize counterfeit goods

15 December 2017

The figures, which have been released in the run up to Christmas, show the produce would have been worth almost £9 million if it made it to the market.

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Christmas shoppers in West Dunbartonshire warned over buying counterfeit gifts

14 December 2017

As more and more Christmas shopping is done online, shoppers are being warned to make sure online sites are legitimate...

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Belfast Liverpool Supporters' Club fined for selling fake Smirnoff vodka

13 December 2017

They said that analysis of the vodka found that it was not authentic Smirnoff as the sample did not contain the appropriate sugar markers for Smirnoff vodka and could therefore not be described as such.

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Counterfeit vodka worth half a million found in Ireland

01 December 2017

Revenue found finished ‘vodka’ type product that was bottled, sealed, labelled and boxed, along with 4,000 litres of the raw alcohol product, which would produce in the region of 12,000 litres of ‘vodka’ type spirits. Revenue seized all the production line apparatus, mixing tank, and containers, along with packaging, bottle caps and labels, which were all counterfeit.

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Warning issued to Christmas shoppers over 'fake goods'

30 November 2017

North East Lincolnshire Council's Trading Standards officers issued the warning ahead of the festive period following a productive year spent seizing hauls of counterfeit goods including mugs, lighters, keyrings, clothing and perfume.

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People are being urged to beware of fake products and websites in the run-up to Christmas

23 November 2017

Latest figures suggest that Christmas fraud increased by 25% between 2015 and 2016. Analysis of last year's crimes also suggests that 65% of crimes at Christmas were linked to online auctions.

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Crackdown on fake goods on Sutton high street by police and council

23 November 2017

Christmas shoppers are advised that if something seems too good to be true then the product is likely to be fake or unsafe.

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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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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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