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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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Teens 'buying anxiety drug Xanax on social media'

21 February 2018

DANGEROUS ingredients such as boric acid, heavy metals and floor polish have been found in counterfeit medicines!

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Counterfeit Kylie Jenner lip kit warning after Belfast teen left struggling to breathe

19 February 2018

A Belfast teenager is warning others to think twice before buying fake Kylie Jenner lip kits on buy and sell sites after she wound up at A&E.

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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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DANGEROUS ingredients such as boric acid, heavy metals and floor polish have been found in COUNTERFEIT medicines!

14 February 2018

Counterfeits are difficult to distinguish from the real medicines and are extremely dangerous by their very nature given that they are not produced under regulated manufacturing conditions to ensure their safety.

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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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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 football kits trader from Saltburn jailed

03 January 2018

Christopher Smith used sales websites Gumtree and Shpock as well as Facebook to sell the £20 strips which he imported from China.

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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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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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