28,000 Sites Selling Counterfeits ClosedWednesday, 27th September 2017 at 7:25pm
According to Sky News, police have shut down 28,000 websites selling counterfeit goods to British consumers – more than 4,000 of which were set up using identities stolen from other customers.
Warning the public that “there’s more at stake when it’s a fake”, City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) said that 400 individuals are believed to have had their identities stolen and used to set up the websites selling knock-off goods.
One victim, Emily, unknowingly purchased bridesmaids shoes from a counterfeiters’ website. Her identity was stolen and fake websites were set up in her name – websites which were used to sell more counterfeit goods.
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