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06 June 2023
Two men have been sentenced to a combined total of 31 years in jail for one of the UK's largest-ever carousel tax frauds. Sock manufacturer Arif Patel and his co-accused, Mohamed Jaffar Ali, were involved in a fraudulent scheme claiming VAT repayments on false exports of textiles and mobile phones, and sold counterfeit clothes worth at least £50 million.
21 July 2022
Nine people have been arrested after a series of police raids targeting people selling counterfeit goods.
18 July 2022
A FRAUDSTER has been caught selling fake designer T-shirts that included dodgy Moncler, Prada, Hugo Boss and Louis Vuitton gear.
10 July 2022
A worrying increase in the number of intentional purchases of counterfeit products over the past three years.
11 January 2022
Today, Channel 5 aired episode 20 of the Shoplifters & Scammers: At War with the Law programme. This episode saw an undercover team head to Bovingdon Market to see if an organised crime gang behind fake goods are back and up to their old tricks.
26 October 2021
A trader who sold jewellery made with harmful heavy metals, some of which was found to contain 800 times more than the safe limit, has been fined.
17 April 2021
Met officers have seized £2.5 million worth of suspected counterfeit clothes and electronic devices after they opened up 22 shipping containers in Ealing. Following information received by Trading Standards of counterfeit goods being stored at an address in Enterprise Way in Southall, warrants were executed on the morning of Thursday, 15 April
08 March 2021
From tearing apart families to crippling friendships, jobs, education and people’s mental health, the harmful toll of the Covid-19 virus on lives and livelihoods cannot be overstated. And yet, despite the hardships, counterfeit criminal gangs are seeking to capitalise on the challenging situation; exploiting the changing needs and habits of locked-down shoppers and diverting vital funds away from legitimate businesses at a time they need it most.
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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.
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.