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Websites peddling fake Uggs forced to close

Websites peddling fake Uggs forced to close

Hundreds of websites selling fake Ugg boots and GHD’s are being shut down in a wide-scale crack down by police in the run-up to Christmas.

The sites were offering shoppers designer/branded goods but were providing them with either counterfeit goods or nothing at all! Experts at Scotland Yard’s e-crime unit have been monitoring the sites and today shut down 1,219 websites working under the codename Operation Papworth.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the sites offered items including Ugg boots and GHD hair straighteners, as well as jewellery from Tiffany & Co and Links of London. The spokesman said the operation was co-ordinated with a company called Nominet which registers .co.uk website addresses. For more information, check out This is Money.co.uk.

This comes in the same week that Ebay was fined £1.5 million for allowing the sale of branded goods from Louis Vuitton owner LVMH, despite the fact that they were genuine. LVMH has previously accused Ebay of brand counterfeiting.

In further online news..

Online firms are expected to post sales of £350 million on Monday, making it the busiest online shopping day of the year.

According to IMRG, which measures online sales, over 90% of shoppers plan to do their spending online this Christmas, which is phenomenal if you think about it! The report predicted that a total of £5.1 billion will be spent online in December, up 14% on last year.

Fashionbite is launching an online Christmas gift guide next week…so keep posted for all those fab present ideas, no matter what your budget!

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Emily Seares is an award-winning magazine editor and journalist and the founding editor of FashionBite. She was featured in VOGUE's Digital Powerlist Top 100 and is a quoted style expert for most national newspapers and magazines.

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