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Latest News - Cigarettes & tobacco

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Warning! 1000s of counterfeit goods seized by UK Border Force - and how to spot them

12 December 2018

Border Force seized millions of fake electronics, dodgy designer clothes and counterfeit football shirts last year and the products can be dangerous

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Misuse of Small Parcels for Trade in Counterfeit Goods

12 December 2018

A new report out today reveals that more than six out of ten customs seizures of counterfeit or pirated goods are of small parcels sent through postal or courier services.

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What you need to know if you are buying counterfeit goods

10 December 2018

Bargain hunters warned to be wary of anything which seems too cheap

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Watch List: Commission sets sights on counterfeit and piracy hotspots

10 December 2018

The Commission’s new Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List, names websites and physical marketplaces outside the EU that are reported to engage in, facilitate or benefit from substantial counterfeiting and piracy...

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Don’t let counterfeit products ruin your festive fun! Christmas might finish with a bang if you don’t buy real.

10 December 2018

Beware of unrecognisable sellers and make sure that the website/store is genuine.

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People who buy fake hair stylers and other gadgets risk death and exposure to internet scams

25 November 2018

CONSUMERS will expose themselves to identity fraud and health and safety risks by buying fake electrical goods in the run-up to Christmas, police have warned.

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Warnings that criminals could strike on Black Friday

22 November 2018

Millions of us will be trying to score a bargain on Black Friday - but the council says some offers are "too good to be true".

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Counterfeit cigarettes seized from Wolverhampton shop owner

20 November 2018

TV star and specialist search dog Yoyo led Trading Standards and West Midlands Police to the A-Class Mercedes which was being used to store counterfeit tobacco by the owners of The Romanian Shop, based at Merridale Street West in the city.

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Mirror hid haul of counterfeit cigarettes

15 November 2018

Gloucestershire trading standards officers found £1,700 of illegal tobacco stashed behind a mirror in a Cheltenham shop. They had visited the store to follow up a previous test purchase where an undercover trading standards officer was able to purchase a pack of counterfeit cigarettes for £3.50.

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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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