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Latest News - Organised crime

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ACG Goes Live on BBC Crime Watch

22 September 2021

This morning The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) Director General, Phil Lewis took his turn in the spotlight as he appeared as a special guest on the real-life crime programme.

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ACG's World Anti-Counterfeiting Day message to consumers

08 June 2021

The clear message from ACG to consumers on World Anti-Counterfeiting Day 2021 is, if you want to help rebuild our economy and safeguard your families don’t buy into organised crime, it will only bring longs term harm and misery.

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Social media: Operation CLOVER takes down prolific traders in counterfeit goods this Easter

26 March 2021

As COVID19 restrictions ease in the UK, shoppers are not only looking to buy chocolate eggs over the holiday but also gifts for their family or friends. The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG), Facebook and the UK Intellectual Property Office’s Intelligence Hub are joining forces in another collaborative campaign,

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Podcast: ‘Online Fights’ with ACG and Trademark Now

25 March 2021

Phil Lewis, Director General of the Ant-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) was the special guest on this week’s Trademark Now’s podcast which is co-hosted by Gökcen Uzer Cengelci and Craig Bailey. Episode 9: ‘Online Fights’ from the series ‘Talkin’ Marks’ covers the possible strategies to combat both the act of counterfeiting and the counterfeiters behind it.

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The Interview: Anti-Counterfeiting Group Director General, Phil Lewis

08 March 2021

From tearing apart families to crippling friendships, jobs, education and people’s mental health, the harmful toll of the Covid-19 virus on lives and livelihoods cannot be overstated. And yet, despite the hardships, counterfeit criminal gangs are seeking to capitalise on the challenging situation; exploiting the changing needs and habits of locked-down shoppers and diverting vital funds away from legitimate businesses at a time they need it most.

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Counterfeiters have lowest morals and no conscience

21 January 2021

The pandemic has given rise to massive increases in COVID-19 related counterfeiting. Since counterfeiters have the lowest morals and conscience and are committed to taking advantage of anyone, in any situation, it won't surprise you to read that they're selling and making profit from counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines.

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So long as we blame modern slavery on criminals alone, we'll never tackle the problem

21 January 2021

A Guardian newspaper article explores why exploitation runs deep in the global economy. Only political change and better labour laws can root this out

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APPG Illicit Trade Meeting - 9 December 2020

10 December 2020

The Anti-Counterfeiting (ACG) Director General Phil Lewis attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Illicit Trade Meeting yesterday. Counterfeited goods make up the largest value of illicit trade, which robs the local economy of jobs and economic growth with funds going to organised crime groups and putting consumers at risk when buying potentially unsafe and ineffective products.

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Online sales of counterfeit products likely to soar

30 October 2020

Read ACG's Director General, Phil Lewis's blog for his views on how criminals will exploit this opportunity and put consumers at risk.

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BBC Defenders UK Capture ACG Raid

27 October 2020

The BBC Defenders UK team filmed a targeted operation in Birmingham where ACG’s Intelligence Coordinator, Graham Mogg along with Officers from West Midlands Regional Police Organised Crime Unit (WMROCU) and Birmingham Trading Standards. The operation saw two raids being undertaken at an industrial site linked to counterfeiting activity and the home address of a suspected counterfeit goods supplier.

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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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