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Europe: Counterfeit cigarette trade on the rise again

As reported by a black market sales of cigarettes in the European Union rose for the sixth year in a row, resulting in over 12 billion euros (10.32 billion pounds) in lost tax revenue, data from a report by consulting group KPMG showed on Wednesday. Read Article

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London: Criminal gangs selling counterfeit goods at Eastgate market

As reported by Coastal bargain hunters have been warned to beware of criminal gangs selling counterfeit goods at Eastgate Market in Ingoldmells. Lincolnshire Trading Standards says dodgy smelling perfumes, unwatchable DVDs and lead poisoning, are just some of the things shoppers can expect if they buy fake goods at a market. Read Article

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Israel face coordinated cyber attack launched by Anonymous and other hacking groups

As reported by anti-Israel hackers stepped up their attempts to pull down Israeli sites over the weekend, with numerous attempted denial of service (DDoS) attacks against Israeli government sites. Hacker sites listed numerous websites they claimed to have disabled, and several sites reported slowdowns on Saturday night, but nearly all the sites the hackers [...]

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Corpus Christi, Texas: 7 locals plead guilty to selling, counterfeiting high quality DVDs

As reported by seven local residents pleaded guilty Thursday to intellectual property rights violations, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas. This investigation in Corpus Christi was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) along with the following agencies: Corpus Christi Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit, Kingsville [...]

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Hercules, California: Counterfeit cash leads police to stolen mail, 5 arrested

As reported by one man’s purchase at a Hercules convenience store using counterfeit cash led police to arrest five suspects on suspicion of possessing an array of stolen property and other charges, police said. Around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the Cigarettes Cheaper store in the 1500 block of Sycamore Avenue on [...]

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Kasaragod, New Delhi: Man arrested for involvement in counterfeit currency scheme

As reported by the National Investigation Agency has arrested a man from Kasargod in New Delhi in connection with the counterfeit currency racket that was busted in Kannur in September 2011. The arrested is identified as Mohammed Yusuf (39). He was arrested as soon as he landed at Delhi airport from Dubai. Read Article

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Bangladesh: Millions in counterfeit Indian currency seized along with bombs, 16 people arrested

According to Bangladesh police on Saturday said they have arrested four Pakistanis and 12 others and seized 8 crude bombs and 12.9 million in fake Indian currency while the group was allegedly planning subversive activities. Read Article

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New York /Pennsylvania: 49 arrested including Manhattan doctor in painkiller-smuggling operation

According to a New York City doctor was charged with running an interstate smuggling ring that trafficked $10 million worth of Oxycodone across several states, including Pennsylvania, where the investigation resulted in the largest prescription drug-related mass arrest in the state’s history, authorities said Thursday. Read Article

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Europol: International credit card fraud network busted in Romania

As reported by the organized crime group stole credit and debit card details and PIN codes by manipulating point-of-sale (POS) terminals in big shopping centers across Europe using sophisticated methods, the European law enforcement agency said Thursday in a press release. Read Article

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Westminster, London: police arrest more than 100 involved in gaming scams

According to Westminster Police, the gaming scams are run by “professional, organized criminals from eastern Europe who are highly skilled in conning unsuspecting visitors to London out of their cash in card games”. Read Article

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