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OpSec News Round-Up 11/17/2011

Posted by admin on Nov 17, 2011 5:54:35 AM
Counterfeit Goods Store Opens to Warn Shoppers of Festive Rip-Offs


A NEW store displaying counterfeit goods will open in Hull’s biggest shopping centre today to warn shoppers of the dangers they present.

Hull Council is launching Mimix in St Stephen’s shopping centre, featuring some of the hundreds of fake items seized by trading standards officers each year.

They include “Pandora” jewellery, “Ugg” boots, designer perfumes, and electrical goods such as X Boxes, Wii’s and plasma 3D televisions.

All will be offered at “amazing” prices to show how easily consumers can be tempted into buying them, but none will be sold.

Trading standards officers will advise shoppers how to shop safely, either on the high street or through the internet.

The council said similar enterprises are often set up at Christmas to take advantage of people looking for bargains, including one which opened in King Edward Street two years ago that saw people queuing outside to attend its auctions of electrical goods.

For full story, please visit The Yorkshire Post.

Major Counterfeit CD Operation Discovered


Two men have been arrested after a rather large CD and DVD counterfeiting operation was discovered in a flat above a shop in Bognor. 150,000 CDs and DVDs and 100 full computer hard drives containing 25,000 music, movie and software files were seized as part of the raid.

The arrests followed a long investigation which began in North West England, and was therefore led by the North West Regional Crime Unit, despite the arrests occurring in Sussex. Local police and investigators from the BPI’s Anti-Piracy Unit were also involved in the raids.

To read more, please visit The CMU Website.

Warning for Fashion Fans to be Careful Buying Online


Fashion lovers are being warned about the dangers of shopping online.

Cambridgeshire Trading Standards officers have issued the warning after seeing an increase in the number of people who have bought “Ugg” boots online, only to discover they were fakes.

Customers typically find that the boots are very poor quality or fall apart after only a few uses and because they are not dealing with law-abiding businesses, many are having difficulty getting their money back, particularly when these businesses are based in China and other countries outside the European Union.

To read more on this story, please visit The Peterborough Evening Telegraph.

VA Store Owner Pleads to Selling Counterfeit Goods


RICHMOND, Va. — The owner of two retail stores in Petersburg has pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods.

Thirty-year-old Belal Amin Alsaidi of Buffalo, N.Y., admitted in federal court Tuesday that he bought counterfeit apparel and shoes in New York and resold them at his stores from May 2007 to March 2009.

For full story, please visit The Wall Street Journal.

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Topics: Luxury Goods, Consumer Electronics, Consumer Goods, In the Headlines