Support from around the world

Getting involved

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

Nelly Ciobanu becomes Moldova’s Turn Back Crime Ambassador

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Unsure if an item is authentic or counterfeit? Read our tips for distinguishing between the two: 4 days 23 hours ago #WATCH the start of the #TurnBackCrime series: 'Organized crime starts with money, don't let it be yours.' 1 week 4 hours ago

Buying fake or pirated goods can fuel the underground activities of criminal networks. You might think you’re getting a good deal on your new handbag or DVD...

Protect your device and data

What are the risks? What can you do?

What are the risks?

We’ve all received spam emails trying to sell us products we don’t want or need. As well as being annoying, and sometimes offensive, they could contain viruses.

‘Phishing’ emails are another common risk. At a glance, these emails may appear to come from a genuine company. They are in fact sent with the aim of getting you to click  through to a fake site –...

Trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting

Success stories

July 2014: Dangerous fake goods seized across Eastern and Southern Africa

In Operation Wipeout, authorities in seven countries targeted products that present a particular danger to public health and safety. Recovered items included unapproved baby formula; cosmetics containing banned ingredients; branded gas cylinders that were illegally refilled (and could therefore result in...


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.


Success stories

May 2014: Striking a blow to ‘sextortion’ networks

Nearly 60 people were arrested in an operation targeting the organized crime networks behind ‘sextortion’ cases around the world. 'Sextortion' is often defined as sexual blackmail in which sexual information or images are used to extort sexual favours and/or money from the victim. The arrests in the Philippines included three men...

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