Watch out for fake electronic gadgets

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Are you buying any electronic gadgets in the January sales? Or thinking of upgrading your smartphone for the new year? Did you know that electronic devices are the second most counterfeited product, after illicit medicines?  Check your new devices are certified genuine items and make sure you get the real deal.

What is the problem with counterfeit electronics?


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Detecting and preventing illicit transactions

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple and reliable way of checking a product before buying it?

And if airline companies could spot the fraudulent use of travel documents?

Or if the motor industry could identify stolen vehicles?

In the future, all of these will be a reality.

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What products are faked? What’s the problem? What can you do?

What products are faked?

When you hear the term “fake goods”, what comes to mind? Handbags, watches and jewellery? Yes, to all of those.

More worryingly, the traffic in illegal goods also includes:

  • Medicines;
  • Food, drink, baby formula and alcohol;
  • Cosmetics and perfumes;
  • Electronic appliances;
  • Toys;
  • ...


How do crimes affect you?

What do we mean by organized ‘crime’?

We’re not talking about minor offences. We’re talking about transnational, large-scale crimes, run by extensive and complex criminal enterprises.

Crimes that cross national borders, time zones, languages and jurisdictions.

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We are delighted to see continuing support from police forces and other partners across the globe.

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If you look a bit deeper, you might find that some of the most innocent-looking products, if not illegal...

Pharmaceutical crime

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June 2014: Discovery of fake car parts used to smuggle drugs

The discovery of 20,000 illicit tablets hidden inside fake car parts led to the issue of an INTERPOL Purple Notice at the request of Kuwait. The tablets were found when officers became suspicious of a parcel sent to an Egyptian national in Kuwait. The man was arrested and further enquiries led to the arrest of six other...

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July 2014: More than 1,400 arrests connected to illegal soccer gambling

An operation targeting illegal soccer gambling networks across Asia during the FIFA World Cup led to more than 1,400 arrests and seized almost USD 12 million. Over six weeks, law enforcement officers raided more than 1,000 illegal gambling dens – many controlled by organized crime gangs – estimated to have...