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Counterfeit football shirts seized ahead of the start of Euro 2020

11 June 2021

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit football shirts have been seized by officers from the City of London Police’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) just ahead of the start of the Euro 2020 football tournament.

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The Interview: Anti-Counterfeiting Group Director General, Phil Lewis

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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Nearly £3 million fake designer-label goods seized by Border Force officials in the run-up to Christmas

22 December 2019

Counterfeit Gucci scarves and fake Nike trainers are among more than 10,000 items confiscated in a crackdown on organised crime gangs trying to exploit the UK market.

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Gucci, Burberry, Nike and Apple among counterfeit goods seized before Christmas

22 December 2019

That haul - at a Revenue and Customs pre-clearance centre - was worth at least £840,000.

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Beware, that counterfeit Christmas gift could be funding modern slavery

20 December 2019

Buying counterfeit Christmas gifts has much wider implications than many imagine. Eighty-three per cent of all fakes come from South East Asia and are the result of workers, including children, held in some of the world’s worst sweatshop factories.

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Shoppers warned about dangerous counterfeit goods

10 December 2019

Budgets are stretched and stores are selling out, so some shoppers might be tempted to look at cheaper versions available online or in the high street. But this is also where counterfeit traders are taking advantage and cashing in.

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Sale of fake designer goods funding INLA

09 December 2019

The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) are using the sale of fake designer goods to fund the paramilitary group according to the Gardai and PSNI.

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True cost of so-called bargains

09 December 2019

In recent years, trading standards officers across the region have seized millions of pounds worth of fake goods.

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Counterfeit Nike trainers worth £50,000 seized in raid on Birmingham warehouse

05 December 2019

Trading standards officials in south Wales launched probe which led them to a storage facility in Birmingham, following advertisements on social media for fake goods

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How to protect yourself from Black Friday scams

20 November 2019

Scammers are finding new ways to deprive you of your hard earned money throughout the year. But shoppers impatiently searching for bargains on Black Friday next week will have con artists rubbing their hands with glee.

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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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