Police close down fake websites

3 December 2009

A lot of people are hoodwinked by the smell of a bargain. They see a designer somethingorother with a lower than usual price tag and *BAM* common sense is flung out of the window and the credit card glows white.

Look at this disgruntled human, right, with his knock-off jewels.

Once, fake junk was the place of the market vendor, but now, it's all over the internet as well. However, more than 1,200 websites selling badly made copycat crap have been shut down in the biggest police operation of its kind in the UK.

Customers who buy from the sites either receive nothing, counterfeit goods, or have their credit card details stolen... which is nice isn't it?

The finger of blame is currently pointing toward criminal gangs in Asia who of course, are creaming millions of pounds from the wallets of idiots.

Officers from the Met's central e-crime unit, working with the body responsible for domain names in the UK, Nominet, removed the websites, which included Australiaugg4shop.co.uk, hotlinksshop.co.uk and etiffany-shop.co.uk

Central e-crime unit head Det Supt Charlie McMurdie said: "This is the biggest operation of its kind in the UK. Where people are placing their credit card details onto an internet site and that site is being controlled outside of the UK by criminal networks, then there's the obvious potential those details will be used for other fraudulent activity."

Those of you who have been unlucky enough to have been caught out are advised to get in touch with Consumer Direct.

[BBC]

TOPICS:   High Street News   Technology   UK News

10 comments

  • Kevin
    Some people are just utterly stupid.
  • dunfyboy
    And some aren't even that smart.
  • In f.
    I love fake shit. After all, I do come here regularly.
  • in h.
    I just go to your mum's house "in your face" for my fake shit.
  • Brian
    Hi, my name is Brian . My stepfather has told me that if i had a credit card, i would be safe spending over GDP100.
  • Brian
    GBP=£, too much "pop", GDP relating to my economics studies :-)
  • Toby
    Strangely etiffany-shop.co.uk is the only one that Google has cache for & the site is still live under its .com domain, so I guess Nominet has just suspended the redirection sites I still believe all .uk domain name should only be available for UK residents to register, as they're far too many non-uk registered .uk sites
  • Frugal
    Credit Card Protection on purchases over £100 under Consumer Credit Act provided by Credit Card providers by law: http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/after_you_buy/online_shopping/your-rights/#named2
  • Wibble
    I just checked and one of the main culprits is still up and running: www.hotukdeals.com Does this ring a bell: A lot of people are hoodwinked by the smell of a bargain. They see a designer somethingorother with a lower than usual price tag and *BAM* common sense is flung out of the window and the credit card glows white.
  • Nobby
    @Wibble It is not always that the prices are lower than the usual price tag. Most websites know if they massively inflate the RRP, then offer a big discount, then many people will think they are getting a good bargain. Look at the number of meaningless, obvisouly inflated RRPs of items posted on HUKD.

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