Scotland Yard Shuts Fraudulent Sites Selling Uggs and GHD Hair Straighteners
Posted on December 5, 2009This is Money reports that Scotland Yard's e-crime unit shut down 1,200 scam websites that were selling counterfeit UGG boots and other products. Some of the sites also took orders but never delivered any products.
A Wall Street Journal story about the closed scam sites says the were listed as .co.uk domains but were run out of Asia. The article says the Scotland Yard seized the URLs of the scam websites but they are likely to pop again as owners of the scam sites use alternative domain listings.They offered shoppers designer goods including clothing and jewellery but would either provide counterfeit goods, or would take shoppers money and provide no goods 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 trendy Ugg boots and GHD hair straighteners as well as jewellery from Tiffany & Co and Links of London.