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Latest News - Watches & jewellery

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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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Crackdown on counterfeits at Fairyhouse market

19 February 2018

ACG coordinated brand attendance in a raid action yesterday at the Fairyhouse Market in Ratoath, County Meath, Ireland where counterfeit sportswear, handbags, watches, clothing and accessories with an estimated street value of Euro 50,000 were seized. The goods would be worth Euro 300,000 if genuine.

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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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Women who sold designer counterfeits prosecuted

01 February 2018

Both were prosecuted following a successful investigation by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Trading Standards team.

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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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Sentence for fraudster who tried to con retailer out of more than £4,000

24 January 2018

Phillips attempted to twice get refunds by sending back to retailers fake goods.

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Sentenced: Man who had 430 counterfeit items worth £40,000

23 January 2018

The fake goods included GHD straighteners, Rolex watches, Mac make-up, and Nike and Ralph Lauren clothing, and officers worked with the trademark holders to confirm the items were counterfeit.

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Over 4,000 COUNTERFEIT items worth more than £130,000 seized in raids in Wales over Christmas

14 January 2018

Welsh councils' trading standards teams carried out 39 raids and netted 4,391 items believed to be fake, including toys, clothes, footwear and cosmetics.

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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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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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