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Counterfeits: There's More At Stake When It's A Fake


The London police launched a new campaign against piracy, warning the buyers against counterfeiting that allows fraudsters to access illegitimate funds and set up new sites to sell goods in their name. 

A copyright owner can use their work for a fee, but there are many instances where the firms use the brand name without the creator's permission. 

If you are buying a product from a legal supplier, you can claim the statutory rights, but in case of imitation, you have no right to get a refund or exchange of goods in case of malpractice.  

Also, such businesses generate illegitimate money often used in funding criminal activities, impacting genuine traders, who have to close businesses and in the process, many lose jobs. 

Emily's story

How To Protect Yourself?

  • Always buy products through reputable sellers and sites. Check all the buyers' reviews and discuss them with people on different forums and blogs. 

  • The payment site's address should begin with – "HTTPS" and always keep the system's security features and firewall up to date to avoid a loss.

  • Never download or visit web pages mentioned in unsolicited emails. Do not send any of your personal or bank details to such emails. Watch out for pop-ups asking to get your card details when you are in the payment stage. Do not enter your card PIN online.

  • Always check the offers that look too good. Check where the trader is based and look for their postal address. 

  • Always seek a return policy, which a rogue trader will not offer. In case of fraud, report it to the regulatory bodies.

Date Published: Sep 12, 2023

Types of fraud

A-Z of fraud

To help understand which fraud you've been affected by, we've categorised them into an alphabetical list.

What is fraud and cyber crime?

Cybercrimes can be of two types. First, it can be cyber dependent, where the fraudsters use online devices to convince the victim to accept their offers.

Advance fee fraud

If you are trying to get a loan for a house or a car, they ask to meet the provider to get the financing arrangement and pay the finder's fee in advance.

Corporate fraud

Corporate frauds can be complicated, committed either by the firm or an individual. Nevertheless, it mostly involves cheating where the employee or the firm.

Individual fraud

There are many types of individual frauds related to advance fees, investments, insurance brokers, bogus tradespeople, Ponzi schemes, pension liberation.

Online fraud

Hence the number of cases of online fraud is increasing each year, and most such cases include – account takeover, direct frauds, or scams related domain names.

Identity fraud and identity theft

The criminal uses the stolen identity of another person living or deceased to conduct unlawful activities like obtaining goods or services in another's name.

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