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50,000 websites found to be selling counterfeit goods, Action Fraud reveals

05 July 2018

Many of the websites contain harmful viruses and malware too, which could leave you at risk of being defrauded.

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Over 400,000 direct jobs are lost in 13 economic sectors due to the presence of counterfeits

07 June 2018

The EUIPO has released a new report, compiling research since 2013, to present a comprehensive and updated picture of the scope and impact of IP rights (IPR) infringement in the EU. In particular, it emphasises the value of IP rights for EU economies and firms, the increasing sophistication and diversification of counterfeiters, and the impact of IPR infringement to the EU.

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Jail for tobacco smuggling gang who brought more than eight million counterfeit cigarettes into the UK

11 May 2018

A court ruled £1,107,180 of the seized cash could be paid into the public purse after the defendants could not show a legitimate source for it.

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Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this May bank holiday

02 May 2018

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s May bank holiday markets or car boot sales.

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Jailed fraudsters ordered to repay more than £750k over fake PlayStations and Nintendos

02 May 2018

The duo sold hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of goods online, laundering cash through eBay and PayPal.

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Amazon site awash with counterfeit goods despite crackdown

27 April 2018

Amazon is rife with potentially dangerous counterfeits and other knockoff goods despite years of attempts to crackdown on mis-selling on its platform, a Guardian investigation can reveal.

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Skegness stallholder jailed for selling counterfeit clothing

22 April 2018

Ranbir Singh Dhanoa (69) was found to be offering branded clothing such as Adidas, Nike, Converse, Lacoste and Fred Perry at his Eastgate Market stall, Ingoldmells, following an investigation by Trading Standards officers in June, 2016.

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Police urge those inspired by the London Marathon to buy genuine footwear

19 April 2018

PIPCU is urging shoppers inspired by the London Marathon to make sure their footwear is the real deal

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Tobacco, drugs and counterfeit goods seized in Banbury

12 March 2018

Also Oxfordshire County Council’s trading standards officers seized 31 items of counterfeit clothing and trainers from one of the premises visited.

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Shoppers urged to avoid cutting costs with counterfeits this Mother’s Day

08 March 2018

Mother’s Day shoppers are running the risk of injury and identity theft when purchasing cheaper gifts from counterfeit websites, say police.

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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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