Police set up anti-counterfeit task force

National Fraud Intelligence Bureau will aim to prevent fraudulent toy operations.
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The police will be clamping down on counterfeit toy organisations following a report by ToyNews.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), a government-funded initiative run by the City of London Police, has partnered with the IP Crime Unit to ‘proactively prevent, deter and disrupt fraud, and improve the understanding of the associated criminal trends and patterns throughout the UK and beyond.’

A statement read: "As a result of globalisation and emerging technology, the volume and nature of counterfeiting toy operations across the UK and Europe is rapidly evolving into a serious, organised and complex crime type."

DCI Peter O’Doherty from the NFIB said: "Counterfeiting and the piracy of toys threaten the health and safety of the consumer, undermining the industries and making criminal organisations stronger and more prosperous each day.

"If we are going to dismantle the criminal networks that are behind these enterprises, there needs to be an effective and open partnership between the companies whose products are being counterfeited and the appropriate specialists within law enforcement."

ToyNews has also set up a Fight the Fakes campaign and will be working with the NFIB, IP Crime Unit and toy companies in the future.

Find out what parents think of fake toys here.

NFIB: 020 7601 6999

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