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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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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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Over 4,000 COUNTERFEIT items worth more than £130,000 seized in raids in Wales over Christmas

14 January 2018

Welsh councils' trading standards teams carried out 39 raids and netted 4,391 items believed to be fake, including toys, clothes, footwear and cosmetics.

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Trader jailed following seizure of 8,000 counterfeit and dangerous items

09 January 2018

Kashif Haq had fake items worth more than £100,000, including iPhone chargers, Beats headphones and Hello Kitty dolls.

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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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'Counterfeit Street': The trail of misery behind the designer knock-off you are getting for Christmas

23 December 2017

How buying fake designer goods can help modern slavery and gangsters whose other activities involve ‘a pump action shotgun, dum-dum bullets and amphetamines’

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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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