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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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Guilty! 24 charges of selling counterfeit goods

07 November 2017

The knock-off items, which also included Gucci belts and Beats headphones, were ‘indistinct from the real thing’ at a first look, prosecutors said.

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Pay back £619k ...or face prison

20 October 2017

Jonathan “Jonny” Kahn, 64, of Parkway, Golders Green, London, had denied peddling tens of thousands of fake Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles and other branded toys to major high street shops but was given a two year jail term, suspended for two years, after a trial found him guilty. The case led to a Proceeds of Crime Act investigation which found the father-of-12 had assets worth £704,090, and that he had benefitted from his crimes to the tune of £619,286.

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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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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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Trader fined £5,000 after selling counterfeit goods on Amazon

21 August 2017

Brent and Harrow Trading Standards officers found that Ruda had more than 30,000 rip-off items, which he sold on Amazon at ‘Make it Magical Crafts and Gifts’.

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Counterfeit cigarette dealer given suspended prison sentence

16 August 2017

James Simpson, of Hawthorn Square in Seaham, was found to be selling imitations of well-known cigarette brands when he was snared in an undercover sting by Durham County Council’s trading standards officers.

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Sentence for shop owner who sold counterfeit cigarettes!

20 July 2017

Police and Darlington Borough Council’s Trading Standards officers seized the counterfeit products, as well as a large quantity of cash and a sales ledger found in a car owned by Mohamadi.

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Trader sentenced for selling counterfeit goods on Facebook

18 July 2017

Alexander Burton Bolton, 33, was caught at his home in Billingham with a host of counterfeit gear - and an order book showing sales across Teesside.

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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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