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New campaign warns ‘there’s more at stake when it’s a fake’

25 September 2017

The campaign highlights the many consequences of buying counterfeit goods online. One of the main consequences of buying counterfeit goods on websites, social media and online is identity crime. When buying items, people will part with personal details such as their address and financial information which allows fraudsters to set-up new websites selling counterfeit goods in their name.

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Millions of counterfeit medicines seized in largest operation against illicit online pharmacies

25 September 2017

In the largest action of its kind, INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea X targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices, saw some 400 arrests worldwide and the seizure of more than USD 51 million worth of potentially dangerous medicines.

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Buying fake Viagra onlin 'Russian Roulette

25 September 2017

Almost £50m of fake Viagra has been confiscated in the last five years. Raids are being carried out to try to crack down on the problem.

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Identity stolen after buying counterfeit shoes

24 September 2017

Emily's identity was stolen and fake websites were set up in her name to sell more counterfeit goods after she bought shoes.

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Intellectual Property Crime on the Darknet

20 September 2017

Intellectual Property (IP) crime is committed when someone uses an intellectual property right without the authorisation of its owner. Counterfeiting and piracy are terms used to describe a range of illicit activities related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringement. Most counterfeit goods infringe a trademark, which means that a good is produced without the authorisation of its rights holder. Piracy refers to the illegal use of literary and artistic works protected by copyrights. Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) are increasingly involved in the violation of IPR

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Counterfeit Goods Seller Jailed

09 August 2017

Paul Bow and Daniel Bow of William Street, Merthyr Tydfil pleaded guilty to offences under the Trade Marks Act. These matters related to the sale of counterfeit goods following an investigation carried out by Merthyr Tydfil Trading Standards Service.

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Dentists warned not to purchase counterfeit dental equipment

31 July 2017

These warnings come after a recent GDC hearing found a dentist guilty of purchasing non-compliant and counterfeit dental equipment from an online auction website, resulting in the dentist’s registration being suspended for three months.

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Counterfeit trader prosecuted for selling fake Pandora bracelets, makeup, and tracksuits

25 July 2017

Christian Price, 20, pleaded guilty to nine charges at Newport Magistrates’ Court, after trading standards officers seized 100 fake items from him, with a street value of around £7,000.

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Isle of Wight Trading standards Inspector receives prestigious award

17 July 2017

James Potter was nominated to receive a National Markets Group (NMG) award for Individual Excellence in Intellectual Property Enforcement for his perseverance, dedication and coordination regarding raids against Facebook traders resulting in the seizure of more than 2,000 items and a successful conviction at court.

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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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