Police close down fake websites
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.