SOCIAL MEDIA CRIME: 20 000 PACKAGES OF COUNTERFEIT MEDICINE, MOBILE PHONES, JEWELLERY, SUNGLASSES AN
10,000 shops selling anything you could imagine – this was the dimension of the illegal online marketplace selling counterfeit goods and pirated content shut down by the largest European law enforcement operation ever.
Joint investigations by Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC³), the Italian Guardia di Finanza and law enforcement authorities from nine EU Member States, have seized more than 20,000 packages and closed over 1 000 accounts.
On offer were sports articles, medicines, mobile phones, bags, jewellery, sunglasses, clothing, watches, perfumes and cosmetics, illegal IPTV set-top-boxes and online piracy over different social media platforms.
Operation Aphrodite, run with the cooperation of Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, led the preliminary investigation of more than 250 people selling counterfeit goods and pirated content, prosecuting more than 100 suspects, while numerous investigations are still ongoing.