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OpSec News Round-Up 9/29/2011

Posted by admin on Sep 29, 2011 7:29:56 AM
Seven Charged with Possession of Counterfeit Goods at Raleigh Flea Market



A raid at a Raleigh flea market yielded seven arrests on charges of trademark violations.

Agents with the North Carolina Secretary of State working with the Raleigh Police Department uncovered what are believed to be counterfeit designer shoes and apparel, and pirated music and movies with an estimated retail value of $932,883.

For full story, please visit NBC17.

Fake Drugs Worth £4m seized in Global Crackdown


A crackdown on illegal and counterfeit medicines has led to the seizure of nearly two million doses, worth £4m, more than half of which was confiscated in the UK.

Nearly 13,000 websites selling fake drugs have been taken down by investigators from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and the Metropolitan police in a week-long operation.

In raids on the premises of people suspected of dealing in fake drugs in the UK, £17,500 in cash and weapons – including a stun gun, crossbow and knuckle-duster – were also found.

To read more, please visit The Guardian.

$5.4M in Fake Goods Seized at Airport


Customs officers seized almost $5.4 million in ball caps, purses, watches and other counterfeit products last week during a crackdown at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

The campaign by U.S. Customs and Border Protection comes a year after a similar but longer operation netted $21 million in knockoff products at the airport.

Customs officials say the two operations show counterfeit imports have become such a problem at the airport that they may need to beef up inspections, possibly by adding more officers to help with a more aggressive examination of imported products.

For full story, please visit Cincinnati.com.

Second Time in Four Years, Woman is Arrested Dealing Counterfeit Items


PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- A local woman faces felony charges tonight after she is caught with luxury counterfeit handbags and jewelry with a retail value of almost one million dollars.

Investigators say Hetty Palant, the suspect in this case, didn't get too creative this time. She was arrested at her same house, just like she was four years ago for doing almost exactly the same thing, dealing in counterfeit merchandise.

Lovers of luxury merchandise know the names - Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, and Channel. Handbags, wallets, and jewelry. The items sell for thousands, some times tens of thousands of dollars at high end retail stores, if they are real.

For full coverage on this story, please visit CBS12 News.

Fake Car Parts Raids are Hailed a Success


DUBAI // More than 30,000 counterfeit Toyota car parts have been seized following raids on retailers in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

The sweeps, involving economic development department inspectors from the three emirates, representatives from Toyota Motor Corporation and its UAE distributor Al-Futtaim Motors, targeted 27 shops.

Officials called the operation, which ran from September 19 to 26, a success. They said companies that continued to commit the crime have been warned that they would be caught and punished.

Read more at The National.

Fake iPhone Ring Busted in China


Chinese police in Shanghai have arrested five people for making and selling fake versions of Apple Inc's iPhone, a local newspaper reported on Thursday.

Police said those arrested were part of an organised gang that bought components for the phones from Guangdong in southern China and assembled them in rented apartments in Shanghai, the Shanghai Daily said.

About 200 fake iPhones were found during the crackdown.

The cost to make one fake iPhone, which used some genuine parts, was around 2,000 yuan ($313). It was sold on unauthorised markets and on the Internet for around 4,000 yuan, only a few hundred yuan cheaper than the real iPhone, the newspaper said.

Please visit Reuters for full story.

Golfer Burned Buying Fake Clubs Online


A Richmond, B.C., golfer who got burned online buying a fake set of Ping clubs says he's angry more can't be done to help put the counterfeiter out of business.

Errol Abramson ordered the clubs from an online site called igolfyoo.com. The end of summer deal was $585, which he charged to his RBC Visa.

"Three days later I got the tracking number from DHL and I saw that they were coming from China … I knew they were contraband clubs or counterfeit, immediately," said Abramson.

For full story, please visit CTV British Columbia.

Fake 'Lululemon' Items Seized from House Party


On September 1, 2011, investigators from the Sarnia RCMP Detachment seized approximately 100 counterfeit "lululemon" items from a house party in Point Edward, Ontario.  At this time, no charges have been laid however the investigation is on-going.

The Sarnia RCMP Detachment would like to advise the public to protect themselves from the risks associated with buying counterfeit items.  Counterfeit items are often cheaply made and do not meet Canadian Standards.  Not only do they defraud consumers, but also represent a risk to consumer safety.

To read more, please visit CNW Group.

Signing of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)


1. On Saturday, October 1, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will hold the signing ceremony for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at Iikura Guest House, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

2. The Agreement was inspired in significant part by Japan’s proposal at the G8 Gleneagles Summit in 2005 to create a new international framework against counterfeit and pirated products, in the context of the heightened awareness of the need for a higher degree of intellectual property protection. Its negotiation has been led by a strong initiative of Japan, the United States and other key partners.

To read more, please visit Scoop News.

Chinese and French Wine Experts Trying to Put a Cork in Counterfeit Wine


Chinese and French wine authorities are working together to conduct random visits to Chinese supermarkets in an effort to crack down on counterfeit wines and help maintain consumer confidence in a burgeoning industry.

In an interview with wine specialist publication Decanter magazine, Thomas Jullien of the Conseil Interprofessionel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) said the move was initiated by Chinese authorities who approached the Bordeaux wine trade body looking for advice on how to curtail the growing problem.

For full story, please visit The Independent.

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Topics: Luxury Goods, Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Goods, Intellectual Property, Legislation, In the Headlines