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Latest News - Organised crime

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Profits from selling counterfeit goods are often used to fund other types of crime

21 February 2018

e.g. drug & people trafficking, money laundering and even terrorism!

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Skegness market trader fined for selling fake goods at Fantasy Island

01 February 2018

“No honest person would ever hand over money to people who deal in drugs, guns, people trafficking or terrorism. But increasingly, this is exactly where money generated by these goods end up.”

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TED Talk: How fake handbags fund terrorism and organized crime

31 January 2018

What's the harm in buying a knock-off purse or a fake designer watch? According to counterfeit investigator Alastair Gray, fakes like these fund terrorism and organized crime. Learn more about the trillion-dollar underground economy of counterfeiting -- from the criminal organizations that run it to the child labor they use to produce its goods -- as well as measures you can take to help stop it. "Let's shine a light on the dark forces of counterfeiting that are hiding in plain sight," Gray says.

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Businessman jailed for three years for possession of an imitation firearm and selling counterfeit goods.

31 January 2018

A search of his home found counterfeit products imitating high-end brands such as Cartier, Mulberry and Gucci that he had been selling since around 2014.

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Christmas crackdown on '100 traders selling fake goods'

26 December 2017

Graham Mogg, of the UK Anti-Counterfeiting Group, said officers netted more than 120,000 fake products last Christmas, "a proportion of which was heading for Welsh consumers".

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Heading for the Boxing Day sales? Know your rights...

26 December 2017

If it sounds too good to be true, it's probably fake. That's the advice of Cumbria Trading Standards Service, which says there are four key indicators of counterfeit goods and they're warning sales shoppers to be savvy about their spending. While cheap prices are attractive, it's the first sign of a fake and potentially dangerous product.

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'Counterfeit Street': The trail of misery behind the designer knock-off you are getting for Christmas

23 December 2017

How buying fake designer goods can help modern slavery and gangsters whose other activities involve ‘a pump action shotgun, dum-dum bullets and amphetamines’

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Fake goods worth £3m seized during raids in Strangeways

18 December 2017

Fleeing traders closed electronic shutters - trapping customers inside shops - in a failed bid to thwart investigators as they swooped on eleven shops in the Strangeways area of the city

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Christmas shoppers in West Dunbartonshire warned over buying counterfeit gifts

14 December 2017

As more and more Christmas shopping is done online, shoppers are being warned to make sure online sites are legitimate...

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Aldridge couple face jail for selling toxic Disney dolls

13 December 2017

Some of the fake dolls had chemical compound levels more than 2,000 times the legal limit.

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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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