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Latest News - Clothing & footwear

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Counterfeit superhero costumes taken out of circulation in West Yorkshire

23 February 2018

Today, West Yorkshire Trading Standards service, alongside the police and brand protection officers from Rubie’s Masquerade Co (UK) Ltd, executed a warrant at an eBay trader’s home address where 3,000 counterfeit and unsafe children’s costumes were found.

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Police warn people to steer clear of counterfeit fancy dress for World Book Day

23 February 2018

Fake fancy dress puts people at risk of suffocation and poisoning from untested dyes. Counterfeit goods purchasers put themselves at risk of identity crime.

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Profits from selling counterfeit goods are often used to fund other types of crime

21 February 2018

e.g. drug & people trafficking, money laundering and even terrorism!

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Crackdown on counterfeits at Fairyhouse market

19 February 2018

ACG coordinated brand attendance in a raid action yesterday at the Fairyhouse Market in Ratoath, County Meath, Ireland where counterfeit sportswear, handbags, watches, clothing and accessories with an estimated street value of Euro 50,000 were seized. The goods would be worth Euro 300,000 if genuine.

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A Merthyr Tydfil man has been prosecuted for selling counterfeit designer goods on Facebook

15 February 2018

Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates heard that during routine monitoring of social media by the County Borough Council’s Trading Standards Service, officers discovered the Facebook page and carried out covert test purchases which identified the Diesel and Ralph Lauren clothing as counterfeit.

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West Bridgford pair sentenced for £75,000 fake goods racket

07 February 2018

The pair sold knock-off designer goods including designer footwear, clothing, make-up and accessories through Facebook and Gumtree accounts. The police became aware of the pair due to numerous complaints to Trading Standards from customers who bought these counterfeit items.

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Skegness market trader fined for selling fake goods at Fantasy Island

01 February 2018

“No honest person would ever hand over money to people who deal in drugs, guns, people trafficking or terrorism. But increasingly, this is exactly where money generated by these goods end up.”

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Women who sold designer counterfeits prosecuted

01 February 2018

Both were prosecuted following a successful investigation by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Trading Standards team.

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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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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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