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NEWS: Take That Birmingham Fakes and the Criminal Gang Links

Posted by admin on Jun 28, 2011 11:11:34 AM
Highly-organised criminal gangs will claw in thousands of pounds from fake merchandise sold at Take That’s sell-out Birmingham gigs – and use the cash to fund drug deals and other heartless crimes.

Huge amounts of revenue that should be heading to legitimate businesses will instead be diverted to crooks and conmen behind the massive fraud, according to Birmingham’s trading standards boss.

Each gig is already expected to bring £3.5 million to the local economy, but thousands more will be siphoned off by fraudsters.

Scores of cowboy souvenir vendors will make a killing selling the sub-standard merchandise in the streets around Villa Park before and after shows tonight and tomorrow – despite a drive by Birmingham City Council to stop fans falling victim to the souvenir scam.

Read more at Birmingham Mail.

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Topics: Consumer Goods