World Anti-Counterfeiting Day

World Anti-Counterfeiting Day on 24th June is being marked this year with a series of events across the globe and an awards presentation. Counterfeiting is a global problem that simultaneously attacks legitimate businesses, threatens the livelihoods of honest worker and contributes to the criminal profits of organised criminal gangs. The seemingly benign purchase of a…

Campaign educates consumers about counterfeit beauty products

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) and  other City of London Police units are supporting a campaign this week that aims to stop consumers from buying harmful counterfeit beauty products. Today, Monday 18 May, the campaign launches with education advice about counterfeit beauty products, which can cause breakouts, allergic reactions, chemical burns and other…

How to spot a fake this World Cup

Football is big business, and as trading standards officers know, if there is money to be made, counterfeiters will show interest. In May, Dudley Trading Standards confiscated £10,162 worth of mobile phone covers bearing the logos of football clubs such as Wolverhampton, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. The trader was sentenced…

Are those UGGs legit? Ask brand-i.

This weekend, Norfolk Trading Standards warned residents to stop buying goods from a Facebook group after users reported the sale of fake UGG boots and other clothing. Officers in Crawley seized more than 100 fake branded t-shirts, hoodies and, oddly, a printing press. Unfortunately these stories are not uncommon. Scammers turn a profit selling fake…

How one trading standards team snuffed out illicit tobacco

It was thought illicit tobacco wasn’t a problem in the north west of England until a crackdown netted Trading Standards North West millions of illegal cigarettes. Kate Pike recounts the project’s success. When Trading Standards North West (TSNW) put forward a plan to tackle illegal tobacco in 2008, one chief officer protested: ‘We’ve never received…