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PayPal dispute ends in 'violin destruction'

Like just about every collectable, violins are subject to fakery and claims of fakery – something that a person claiming to be a seller on the site alleges has led to the destruction of what the poster claims was a $2,500 instrument in a PayPal dispute. According to a post on the blog Regretsy the violin was smashed in …
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Europe: warning, these Angry Birds CAN KILL KIDS

The Europan Commission has issued a stern warning: some Angry Birds could kill a child. No, we're not talking about the insanely popular videogame but a set of knock-off plush toys loosely based on the argumentative avians and being catapulted into Europe from China. Chinese Angry Bird toy rip-off Nothing to do with Rovio's …
Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2011
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Scotland Yard e-cops 'fighting to save Xmas'

UK cybercops have managed to dismantle more than 2,000 fraudulent shopping websites that have ripped off thousands. The Met's Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) hopes smashing the online rogue traders will make online shopping in the run-up to Christmas much safer. The dodgy sites targeted by the action purported to sell a …
John Leyden, 21 Nov 2011
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Dealer bosses jailed for flogging fake Cisco kit

The bosses of US reseller Direct Deals has been sent down for touting fake Cisco gear imported from the Far East. According to reports stateside, Timothy Weatherly, 29, was sentenced to 27 months in a federal penitentiary for conspiring to import goods through false statements. White label equipment was shipped from China, …
Paul Kunert, 8 Nov 2011
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Nominet suspends fake pharma domains

Nominet, the .uk address registry, has suspended hundreds of internet domain names as part of a global police crackdown on crime gangs peddling fake pharmaceuticals. Operation Pangea IV saw almost 13,500 websites taken down and dozens of suspects arrested in 81 countries, according to Interpol, which coordinated the swoop. …
Kevin Murphy, 30 Sep 2011
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Leader of Cisco counterfeit ring jailed for 60 months

The US ringleader of a China-based counterfeit ring that flogged fake Cisco kit stateside has been sent down for 60 months, the Department of Justice (DoJ) has confirmed. One-time Chinese national Chun-Yu Zhao, of Virginia, was found guilty of 16 felonies including conspiracy to commit importation fraud, peddling counterfeit …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2011
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Australia intros new IP regime

Relatively unnoticed amid the National Broadband Network hubbub, Australia has moved to update its patent system. The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill 2011 provides some key upsides for researchers – but at the same time, increases penalties for trademark infringement and product counterfeiting. …
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Feds break up Chinese-US counterfeit Cisco ring

Federal lawmen have announced success in breaking up a "sophisticated scheme to import and sell counterfeit Cisco-branded computer networking equipment" in the USA, masterminded by a Virginia woman who made millions from the scam. Chun-Yu Zhao, of Centreville in Virginia and Donald H Cone, of Frederick in Maryland, were …
Lewis Page, 27 May 2011
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Woman admits she helped sell bogus chips for military gear

A Florida woman has admitted she helped sell millions of dollars worth of counterfeit computer chips for use by the US military. Stephanie A. McCloskey, 38, of Clearwater, Florida, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy for her role in the scheme, which netted $15.9 million over three years. The chips, which …
Dan Goodin, 24 Nov 2010
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NY youth makes $130k selling real(-ish) white iPhone 4s

Who says the press is useless? Not Fei Lam, a New York teenager who sells conversion kits that transform iPhone 4s from black to white. They are said to be original OEM parts and are not cheap: a full conversion kit costs $279. But as Lam points out on his website Whiteiphone4now: White iPhone 4 Owners: 500 Black iPhone 4 …
Drew Cullen, 17 Nov 2010
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UK cybercops cuff big phish

UK police arrested a suspected counterfeit credit card manufacturer in east London on Monday. Investigators reckon the 34-year-old man organised money "mules" to open drop accounts that received the proceeds of online crime, such as phishing. Police from the Scotland Yard-based Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU) also found …
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2010
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UK console chipper jailed for five years

A Yorkshire man has been jailed for five years for operating a chipping service for games consoles. Aamer Ali, 26, was certainly a busy bee - he also sold counterfeit games and DVDs and was a fence for stolen TVs and laptops. At his arrest he was found to have more than 1,000 counterfeit DVDs, £14,000 in cash, 128 chipped …
Hard Reg, 4 May 2010
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UK.gov blames Israel for cloning passports in Dubai hit

The UK Foreign Secretary has directly blamed Israel for forging 12 passports used in the Dubai assassination of a Hamas military boss in January. Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, founder of Hamas's military wing, was killed in a Dubai hotel on 19 January by a 27-strong hit squad who entered the UAE using counterfeit passports from Western …
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2010
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eBay scammer gets four years

The leader of a UK-based gang who made millions selling counterfeit luxury golf kit and other knock-off goods through auction site eBay has been jailed for four years. Gary Bellchambers and six others ran what is reckoned to be the biggest ever such scam between June 2003 and March 2008. Their fraud was eventually rumbled by a …
John Leyden, 4 Mar 2010
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US gives Chinese man 2.5 years over fake Cisco kit

A Chinese man has been sentenced to a two and half year stretch in California for flogging counterfeit Cisco parts in the US. Yongcai Li will also have to repay $800,000 to Cisco Systems, for selling the kit, which carried fake Cisco trademarks. He had shipped the kit into the US in 2005 and 2006, prosecutors said. The US …
Joe Fay, 8 Feb 2010
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UK authorities' inability to seize counterfeits brings EU court referral

The Court of Appeals has asked Europe's highest court to rule on whether UK authorities can seize counterfeit goods passing through the UK and allow brand owners to take legal action against the companies behind the fakes. A haul of 400 fake Nokia phones was seized by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as they passed …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Jan 2010
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Two US men charged with running phony Cisco biz

Two Kansas men have been charged with making $1m in proceeds by buying computer networking gear in China and passing it off as products from Cisco Systems. Christopher Myers, 40, and Timothy Weatherly, 27, obtained the networking gear from a variety of sources and then slapped phony Cisco labels on them, according to documents …
Dan Goodin, 4 Dec 2009
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Man gets 3 years in clink for eBaying Adobe prods

A 46-year-old Virginia man has been sentenced to over three years in prison for selling pirated Adobe software on eBay, the US Justice Department has said. Gregory William Fair of Falls Church, Virginia was sentenced on Thursday to 41 months in prison by a judge in US District Court in Washington DC. He was also ordered to pay …
Austin Modine, 23 Oct 2009

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