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Modern slavery is the latest shocking development which has become linked to counterfeit crime

19 November 2017

Police believe many of the immigrants working in the warren of shops and warehouses across Strangeways have been brought to the UK specifically to work in the counterfeit trade. And without the proper papers entitling them to their rights, it is feared they are being exploited.

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Fake designer goods with a street value of more than £300,000 seized in Newcastle

17 November 2017

Nationally, counterfeit goods cost the UK economy more than £17bn a year and last year destroyed an estimated 72,000 jobs in this country.

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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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Craigslist used to sell passports, drugs and counterfeit goods, says BBC

23 October 2017

ORGANISED crime gangs are ‘hijacking’ classified ads website Craigslist to sell drugs, stolen passports and counterfeit goods, according to a BBC investigation.

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Counterfeit goods worth £2m seized and modern slavery victims rescued in raids

13 October 2017

Six addresses in Cheetham Hill were raided by police, trading standards, Border Force and immigration officers. Businesses, private houses and storage units were searched under GMP’s Operation Challenger.

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Crooks are paying to advertise on social media to flog counterfeit goods

07 October 2017

The sponsored posts appear in the feeds of users whose online search history shows an interest in designer clothes or expensive watches. And fraud experts warn that the gangs behind them – often based in Eastern Europe and China – are feeding the money they rake in back into guns, drugs and prostitution.

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Counterfeit goods seized during raids in Belfast

07 October 2017

Detectives have seized thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit goods from paramilitaries following a raid in Belfast.

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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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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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