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Latest News - Organised crime

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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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Identity stolen after buying counterfeit shoes

24 September 2017

Emily's identity was stolen and fake websites were set up in her name to sell more counterfeit goods after she bought shoes.

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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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Multi-agency raids net thousands of counterfeit goods

23 August 2017

The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) working in collaboration with Camden Trading Standards have coordinated an intensive two day action targeting market stalls and retail shops selling counterfeit goods to Camden shoppers.

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Thousands of fake goods seized in counterfeit crackdown

21 August 2017

Fake designer clothes and bogus perfume were among a staggering £250,000 counterfeit haul seized at Glen Park Market in Ingoldmells earlier today.

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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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Around £250k of counterfeit goods seized from Glen Park Market

21 August 2017

Graham Mogg from the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, comments: “The large scale availability of counterfeit goods at markets, as we’ve seen today, seriously undermines legitimate businesses and in turn impacts on the UK’s ability to grow the economy through creativity and innovation.

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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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Border Force seize £200,000 of counterfeit make-up brushes

10 August 2017

John Oldham, Assistant Director Border Force, said: “The international trade in counterfeit goods undercuts honest traders, and is linked to serious and organised crime, sweatshop working practices, child labour, and even the funding of terrorism. Unsuspecting customers are also left out of pocket with inferior and potentially dangerous goods.”

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Counterfeit merchandise worth nearly £23,000 seized during Manchester United friendly

08 August 2017

Out of 21 vendors inspected near last Wednesday’s game at the Aviva stadium, 17 were found to be selling counterfeit products, which police say can be used to fund organised crime groups.

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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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