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Counterfeit superhero costumes taken out of circulation in West Yorkshire

23 February 2018

Today, West Yorkshire Trading Standards service, alongside the police and brand protection officers from Rubie’s Masquerade Co (UK) Ltd, executed a warrant at an eBay trader’s home address where 3,000 counterfeit and unsafe children’s costumes were found.

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Police warn people to steer clear of counterfeit fancy dress for World Book Day

23 February 2018

Fake fancy dress puts people at risk of suffocation and poisoning from untested dyes. Counterfeit goods purchasers put themselves at risk of identity 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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Teens 'buying anxiety drug Xanax on social media'

21 February 2018

DANGEROUS ingredients such as boric acid, heavy metals and floor polish have been found in counterfeit medicines!

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Counterfeit Kylie Jenner lip kit warning after Belfast teen left struggling to breathe

19 February 2018

A Belfast teenager is warning others to think twice before buying fake Kylie Jenner lip kits on buy and sell sites after she wound up at A&E.

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A Merthyr Tydfil man has been prosecuted for selling counterfeit designer goods on Facebook

15 February 2018

Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates heard that during routine monitoring of social media by the County Borough Council’s Trading Standards Service, officers discovered the Facebook page and carried out covert test purchases which identified the Diesel and Ralph Lauren clothing as counterfeit.

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Trader prosecuted for selling fake Rolex watches

15 February 2018

Thorpe was investigated by Trading Standards after a consumer complaint in December 2014, when a victim purchased a £2,425 Rolex watch from him via eBay, the spokesman said.

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DANGEROUS ingredients such as boric acid, heavy metals and floor polish have been found in COUNTERFEIT medicines!

14 February 2018

Counterfeits are difficult to distinguish from the real medicines and are extremely dangerous by their very nature given that they are not produced under regulated manufacturing conditions to ensure their safety.

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West Bridgford pair sentenced for £75,000 fake goods racket

07 February 2018

The pair sold knock-off designer goods including designer footwear, clothing, make-up and accessories through Facebook and Gumtree accounts. The police became aware of the pair due to numerous complaints to Trading Standards from customers who bought these counterfeit items.

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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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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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