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Fake pants seized in Christmas crackdown on counterfeits

Fake pants seized in Christmas crackdown on counterfeits
From BBC - December 7, 2017

Border officials have seized 1.5m worth of counterfeit Calvin Klein pants, along with fake Dyson fans, Superdry hoodies and Nike shoes.

The authorities are using the hauls to highlight the risk of buying cut-price, substandard counterfeits at Christmas.

The Intellectual Property Office is also using humour to fight the fakes.

It has created a Youtube series in which a couple sing about their 12 days of rashes, injuries and humiliation due to dodgy Christmas gifts.

The daily updates feature warnings about "copy floppy" boxer shorts, perfume that "smelt like sick" and "risky whisky" containing anti-freeze.

Every year dire warnings are issued over the dangers posed by fake goods, from poisonings to electrical fires.

The Intellectual Property Office hopes that by taking a more light-hearted tone they will reach consumers who have ignored their previous messages.

In the run up to Christmas a surge in counterfeits enters the country, from designer watches to children's toys, as shoppers, keen to save money at a costly time of year, are either hoodwinked or turn a blind eye to the lack of authenticity.

And border officials step up their efforts to block them, employing huge x-ray machines to check that the items inside shipping crates match the accompanying documents.

"Counterfeiters will counterfeit anything," said Sean Gigg, Border Force higher officer at Southampton Dock. "It's based on supply and demand."

"It can be anything from cosmetics to jewellery to watches to the latest toys but also undergarments as well."

Among the items seized in recent weeks are:

1,440 Superdry hoodie tops worth approximately 100,000

16,000 Gillette Mach 3 razor blades worth approximately 143,840

82,320 Calvin Klein underpants worth approximately 1.5m

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