Isle of Man
26 February 2014
Reporter: Franki Webb

Isle of Man OFT to block Facebook fakes

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in the Isle of Man is investigating accounts on Facebook following accusations that the social media site is being used as a platform to sell counterfeit goods.

According to the OFT, a trader from the Merseyside/West Lancashire area in England created a Facebook page to specifically to target residents on the Isle of Man.

The trader offered counterfeit designer clothes and sportswear for sale, and said he could deliver them personally.

The OFT is also investigating another Facebook page that is believed to be perpetrating an international scam to sell expensive designer handbags. The page provides a link to a fake Isle of Man address.

John Peet, chief inspector of the OFT, said: "It is apparent that most individuals who make use of social media and online marketplaces to sell counterfeit goods are blissfully unaware of the fact that they could be being monitored by enforcement agencies.”

“We regularly exchange information with other enforcement agencies both in and outside the Island. Anyone who is making use of Facebook to sell counterfeit goods should be aware of the fact that it is a criminal offence to do so and that anyone found guilty in court of selling counterfeit goods or of advertising such goods for sale would be liable to a substantial fine and/or a lengthy prison sentence."

David Quirk, chairman of the OFT, added, "I will reiterate what I have said in previous media releases. The OFT will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action with respect to counterfeit goods to prevent dangerous or shoddy items being sold to unwitting consumers, to protect genuine businesses and to protect the rights of trade mark owners."

More social media news
The latest news from IPPro The Internet
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
UK cracks down on misleading social media posts
12 August 2016 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has secured undertakings against social media marketing company Social Chain over mislead advertising...
Facebook IP transfer raises questions
08 July 2016 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US Department of Justice has flagged up Facebook’s transfer of intellectual property rights as key to an investigation into the social media platform’s 2010 tax return...
Photo bomb campaign 'misled' consumers
31 March 2016 | Washington DC | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
The FTC is seeking feedback on its proposed consent order with Lord & Taylor that attempts to settle allegations the department store chain broke native advertising rules and misled consumers with a ‘photo bomb’ campaign on Instagram...
Beware fake LinkedIn profiles, says Symantec
04 December 2015 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Online scammers are using fake LinkedIn profiles to map professionals’ networks and steal contact information, according to Symantec...
Operation Jasper targets social media
26 June 2015 | London | Reporter: Tammy Facey
Criminals selling dangerous and counterfeit goods on social media have been targeted in the largest ever national crackdown on piracy across England, Wales and Northern Ireland...
Spotify doesn’t add up, says Swift’s label
14 November 2014 | Sweden | Reporter: Tammy Facey
Taylor Swift’s record label, Big Machine, has rubbished Spotify’s claims that the artist would have earned $6 million this year if she had...
Swift: I knew Spotify was trouble when it walked in
12 November 2014 | Sweden | Reporter: Tammy Facey
Spotify has come out fighting following music artist Taylor Swift removing her entire catalogue of music from the streaming service...