21 December 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

PIPCU seizes £100,000 worth of counterfeit clothing

The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested a man and seized around £100,000 worth of counterfeit clothing in the lead up to Christmas.

PIPCU seized the counterfeits, which included fakes of high-end luxury brands including Calvin Klein, following a report from “a key industry partner”.

The unit is warning last-minute Christmas shoppers to take care and try to spot the signs of counterfeits.

PIPCU detective inspector Nicholas Court commented: “We work closely with our partners to disrupt the sale of counterfeit goods which put consumers at harm in many ways.”

“Buying fake goods can not only pose as a public safety risk, buying from rogue sites can also put your personal and financial information at risk, meaning that criminals can use your identity for malicious means.”

He said: “The dangers of buying fake goods should not be underestimated. As shoppers look for last-minute gifts and bargains online, it is vital that you take extra care and check where you buy from. If an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is.”

A spokesperson for Calvin Klein added: “Calvin Klein takes any infringement of its IP rights very seriously. Through our global enforcement program, we work closely with local law enforcement agencies around the world to minimise the adverse impact of counterfeiting on the consumer.”

“In this case, we are especially grateful to the City of London Police—and PIPCU—who have carried out a first class investigation and enforcement operation.”

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