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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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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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Rogue trader caught selling fake Buzz Lightyear dolls from the non-existent Toy Story 4!

21 September 2017

The goods were seized from Multi Choice in Harrow, north-west London, and could have been potentially dangerous, council officers said.

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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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Shop sold counterfeit goods for six years – now the owner must pay £90K or go to jail

06 September 2017

City of York Council trading standards had found racks of counterfeit clothes and other pirated luxury goods at his shop, Miss Diva, on Low Petergate.

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Fake fancy dress clothes seized by police could poison or suffocate children

31 August 2017

Parents have been warned over dangerous counterfeit costumes in the run up to Halloween

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Counterfeit trader taken to court over fake Oxford hoodies

24 August 2017

A Brent-based company has been slapped with a hefty fine after being caught with a stash of well over a thousand knock-off hoodies and T-shirts.

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Counterfeit merchandise worth nearly £23,000 seized during Manchester United friendly

08 August 2017

Out of 21 vendors inspected near last Wednesday’s game at the Aviva stadium, 17 were found to be selling counterfeit products, which police say can be used to fund organised crime groups.

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Fake products cost Europe 800,000 jobs each year

24 July 2017

The value of trade in counterfeit products worldwide vary between 600 billion euros (according to the UN) and close to 1 trillion euros (according to other international statistics).

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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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