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Shoppers warned to watch out for fake goods on Black Friday

15 November 2017

FIREFIGHTERS are warning consumers to shop carefully on Black Friday November 24 and avoid fake electrical products which pose a serious fire risk. Black Friday falls during the national Fire Kills Electrical Safety Week from November 20-26 and is a retail bonanza which encourages people to shop for a festive bargain.

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Warning after dangerous counterfeit mobile phones seized in Staffordshire

12 October 2017

Counterfeit mobile phones with potentially dangerous chargers have been seized in Staffordshire by County Council Trading Standards officers. Hundreds of fake Nokia 3310 phones were seized from an industrial unit in East Staffordshire and a property in Newcastle following a tip off to Trading Standards officers. The Nokia 3310 is a reissue and updated model from 2000 and retails legitimately from around £50 to £70. Counterfeit versions of the phone are being sold at £15 and less.

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Crooks are paying to advertise on social media to flog counterfeit goods

07 October 2017

The sponsored posts appear in the feeds of users whose online search history shows an interest in designer clothes or expensive watches. And fraud experts warn that the gangs behind them – often based in Eastern Europe and China – are feeding the money they rake in back into guns, drugs and prostitution.

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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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Counterfeit cigarettes and alcohol seized from Ealing shops

20 September 2017

Thousands of pounds of dodgy goods have been seized in raids in Southall and Greenford.

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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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Counterfeit mobile phone accessories and E Liquids seized in Southall

19 September 2017

Officers seized approx 1,839 mobile phone items, worth an estimated £24,640, including Samsung covers and headphones, Apple Ear Pods and Nokia phones.

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More than £1 million worth of fake football shirts uncovered in warehouse raid

10 August 2017

The huge haul, including Chelsea and Liverpool strips, was recovered in a raid on a warehouse in north Staffordshire in an intelligence-led operation.

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Conman fined - counterfeit phone cases & print toners

04 August 2017

Kasimali Hajiyani, 34, sold thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit toners, memory cards and mobile phone accessories via his company KAS Trading UK Limited.

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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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