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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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Counterfeit goods seized in London's West End

29 January 2018

Westminster Trading Standards found hundreds of illegal knock-offs in London's West End, which retailers passed off as the real deal to unsuspecting buyers.

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Prison for businessman selling counterfeit Sky remotes

16 January 2018

Mr Stephen Usher, Director of Super Satellite Man Ltd and Sky Satellites Ltd, was sentenced last week after being taken to court by Central Bedfordshire Council for selling over 45,000 counterfeit Sky remote controls.

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Trader jailed following seizure of 8,000 counterfeit and dangerous items

09 January 2018

Kashif Haq had fake items worth more than £100,000, including iPhone chargers, Beats headphones and Hello Kitty dolls.

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Christmas crackdown on '100 traders selling fake goods'

26 December 2017

Graham Mogg, of the UK Anti-Counterfeiting Group, said officers netted more than 120,000 fake products last Christmas, "a proportion of which was heading for Welsh consumers".

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Heading for the Boxing Day sales? Know your rights...

26 December 2017

If it sounds too good to be true, it's probably fake. That's the advice of Cumbria Trading Standards Service, which says there are four key indicators of counterfeit goods and they're warning sales shoppers to be savvy about their spending. While cheap prices are attractive, it's the first sign of a fake and potentially dangerous product.

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'Counterfeit Street': The trail of misery behind the designer knock-off you are getting for Christmas

23 December 2017

How buying fake designer goods can help modern slavery and gangsters whose other activities involve ‘a pump action shotgun, dum-dum bullets and amphetamines’

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Woman charged after fake goods worth £56k found in East Kilbride home

19 December 2017

Police swooped on the Greenhills property as part of a joint operation with Trading Standards.

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Fake goods worth £3m seized during raids in Strangeways

18 December 2017

Fleeing traders closed electronic shutters - trapping customers inside shops - in a failed bid to thwart investigators as they swooped on eleven shops in the Strangeways area of the city

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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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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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