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Counterfeit superhero costumes taken out of circulation in West Yorkshire

23 February 2018

Today, West Yorkshire Trading Standards service, alongside the police and brand protection officers from Rubie’s Masquerade Co (UK) Ltd, executed a warrant at an eBay trader’s home address where 3,000 counterfeit and unsafe children’s costumes were found.

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Police warn people to steer clear of counterfeit fancy dress for World Book Day

23 February 2018

Fake fancy dress puts people at risk of suffocation and poisoning from untested dyes. Counterfeit goods purchasers put themselves at risk of identity crime.

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ACG spend an evening with the brands

22 February 2018

ACG attended an annual drinks reception hosted by the British Brands Group at the Museum of Brands in London last night. The event was a great networking event for brands and IP experts.

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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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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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ACG Border Force Training at Gatwick airport

08 February 2018

ACG attended Gatwick airport yesterday and held a Border Force Training Day. This involved ACG brand members joining officers at the airport to exhibit genuine and counterfeit products.

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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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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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Sentenced: gang flooding streets with potentially deadly counterfeit cigarettes

27 December 2017

A former Freeman Street shop owner has been convicted of trading in illegal cigarettes including knock off Mayfair and Richmond brands.

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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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