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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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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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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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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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Drugs, Guns & Fake Kicks: Inside The Counterfeit Economy

21 December 2016

Counterfeit designer clothing is a trillion dollar business that relies on consumers’ thirst for bargain shopping to line the pockets of terrorists, drug dealers, and human traffickers.

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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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