Christmas Shoppers Warned Over flood of Counterfeit Toys
Christmas shoppers are being warned that a wave of counterfeit goods is flooding the market just in time for the festive season, according to the government's UK Border Agency.
Toys, fake Ugg Boots, GHD hair straighteners, iPhones and iPads are among tens of thousands of counterfeit items that have been seized by customs officers in recent months. UKBA said buyers can be left with products that are inferior to genuine ones and often dangerous.
Grant Miller from the UKBA's Heathrow International Trade Division said: "We are uncovering all sorts of fake goods, from beauty products to children's toys, and we're warning people to be particularly wary of buying cheap items online or from unofficial traders."
The government said counterfeiting is a huge business, with intellectual property crime estimated to be worth around £1.3bn in the UK each year. The Anti-Counterfeiting group, a non-profit trade association, estimates that 12% of toys for sale in the UK are fakes.
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Suspects, Fake Goods Nabbed
For holiday shoppers, those brand-name purses and clothes that go for $400 at a department store may seem like a bargain when peddled as $40 knockoffs on the street - but they take billions of dollars out of the economy and cost thousands of jobs, authorities said Tuesday in vowing a crackdown on counterfeiters.
As a result of a six-month investigation titled Operation Bell Bottoms II, authorities in November arrested 10 people, and seized $446,000 in counterfeit goods and $23,000 in cash.
Four were charged Monday, including two men who are suspected of trying to sell fake designer watches to undercover cops.
Another woman was charged with seven counts of counterfeit merchandise and one count of false imprisonment, which stemmed from her allegedly locking the doors to her store when she heard police coming and refusing to let a customer out.
The four face a combined total of $4 million in fines and 14 years in jail.
Counterfeiters, who don't pay sales taxes, cost the retail industry $2 billion in losses and $5.2 billion in overall lost revenue to L.A. County in 2005, according to the L.A. County Economic Development Corp.
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Manitoba RCMP Warn About Counterfeit Goods
RCMP in Manitoba are urging holiday shoppers to be aware of fake goods, particularly Jets jerseys, which are one of the hottest items for shoppers and counterfeiters alike.
RCMP have confiscated more than 350 of the knock-off jerseys in just the past two months. The jerseys are among the more than $1 million worth of counterfeit goods the Mounties have seized in the last year in Manitoba.
Other popular products include electronics, jewelry, designer apparel, perfume, satellite equipment, bicycle helmets, light fixtures, automobile parts, circuit breakers, shampoo, batteries, and even fake Viagra pills — all of which can pose serious hazards for consumers.
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Watch Out for Christmas Fakes, Minister Warns
Fake iPads and Thomas the Tank Engine toys are among thousands of items seized by border authorities in the past few months.
Home Office Minister Damian Green said fakes cost British firms billions of pounds each year and admitted those behind them were very hard to catch.
"If it seems too good to be true - it probably is," he said.
"It's a business that costs Britain £1.3bn a year and it's really serious at this time of the year when people are doing lots of shopping, especially online shopping.
"We've seized fake iPads, fake iPods, we've seized fake UGG boots, but also basic goods like razor blades.
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Counterfeit Designer Goods Donated to Norfolk Charities
The homeless and vulnerable could be among the best dressed in Norfolk this Christmas as counterfeit designer clothes are given to local charities.
Trading Standards is working with the charity His Church to rebrand and distribute seized goods, rather than destroying them.
"We saw we could give to people who really needed quality new clothing," said co-ordinator Richard Humphrey.
The items will be distributed by the Salvation Army in Great Yarmouth.
"Often we deal with people who have very little clothing," said Lieutenant Rob Symons.
"When people are trying to make themselves look smart, going for interviews, going to see a new landlord - all those things where it's important to make a good impression - these clothes will help people be able to do that."
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Three Men Face Charges of Selling Counterfeit Goods
Police have charged three men Saturday with selling counterfeit goods after finding apparently fake athletic hats and other goods in a car.
Bruce E. Baxter Jr., 34 , Rayshon N. Gill, 28 ; and John P. Laws-Rodriguez, 32 , were arrested and charged with prohibited commerce in counterfeit goods, making illegal copies of recordings, carrying a concealed weapon and failure to wear selt belts, according to arrest reports.
The trio were pulled over Saturday afternoon at Bashford Manor Lane and Bardstown Road in a Chrysler Sebring after a police officer observed the three without selt belts on, the arrest report said. Inside, the officer noticed large CD/DVD cases and athletic hats that appeared to be countefeit.
The officer also found notebooks and ledgers with dates and sales amounts, the reports said.
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White House Launches Campaign Against IP Crimes
The US government launched a campaign last week to raise awareness among the public of intellectual property crimes.
The announcement came hard on the heels of a wide-ranging operation to disrupt the online sale of counterfeit goods - dubbed "In Our Sites" - which resulted in the takedown of 150 domain names of websites engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and copyrighted works.
The operation was timed to coincide with so-called Cyber Monday, the busiest on-line shopping day of the year, and targets the gamut of counterfeit goods purchased online from fake medicines to illegal movie and music downloads.
The campaign will take the form of TV and radio public service announcements and print advertisements, and will try to mobilise the public to report IP-related crime to thecybercime.gov, fbi.gov and iprcenter.gov websites.
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