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Reluctance to seek medical care drives counterfeit medicine

21 May 2020

People are buying prescription-based medicines over the internet rather than seek medical advice says Phil Lewis, DG of the ACG. GPs have seen a dramatic fall in patients making appointments for routine consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Online fraudsters exploit COVID-19 fears

02 April 2020

The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) and the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT), are urging consumers to take seriously the risks presented by the growing numbers of fake and ineffective cleaning solutions, anti-bacterial wipes, surgical masks and medicines being sold during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Numbers of counterfeit drugs, antibiotics and painkillers on the market soar

24 March 2020

Over 4 billion Euros worth of counterfeit drugs are sold across the world it has been reported in a recent study by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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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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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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Illegal cigarettes, counterfeit tobacco and Viagra seized in Sunderland raid

22 July 2019

Thousands of illegal cigarettes, around 20kg of tobacco and Viagra tablets have been taken off the streets following an early-morning raid in Sunderland.

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Counterfeit goods and organised crime go hand in hand!

12 June 2019

As well as the weapons, a quantity of Class B drugs, counterfeit clothing and DVDs, approximately £13,000 in cash, phones, tablets, documentation, over 7000 illicit cigarettes and a quantity of hand-rolling tobacco were also seized.

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ACG represented at the CTSI Symposium 2019

11 June 2019

Annual professional development event: 10-12 June 2019, Brighton

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Counterfeiting and piracy cost Ireland €900m in lost sales

06 June 2019

This represents €192 per citizen per annum, according to the report.

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Experts warn: money for fake goods could be going towards paying for terrorism, serious crime, slavery and prostitution in the UK and around the world

04 June 2019

The impact of counterfeiting and piracy is predicted to drain cash from the global economy and put jobs at risk.

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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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