Police and other counterfeit goods investigators report that up to 90 percent of all counterfeit goods sold within the United Kingdom is distributed from the cities of Manchester and Salford.
Black market producers of cigars in Cuba purchase materials illegally in order to manufacture unlicensed Cuban Cigars. Black market cigars are purchased for $8 for 25 cigars, with the boxes to hold the cigars sold for $5. Rings to insert onto the cigar are sold for the black market price of $30.
According to the United States Ambassador to China, sales of legitimate software is higher in Vietnam than in China, despite China having over 15 times the population of China. Software piracy is believed to be the cause for the low level of sales in China, with an estimated 78 percent of all software installed on PCs in the country being pirated copies.
47 percent of the 17,000 homicides that were recorded in Colombia in 2010 was connected to drug trafficking activities.
An estimated 10 percent of all cigarettes smoked in Europe are either counterfeit cigarettes or have been smuggled on to the black market to avoid taxes.
Over the course of a one week joint operation conducted by Interpol-Europol, authorities seized the following substandard and counterfeit food…
The Anti-Counterfeiting Group estimates that counterfeit toys makes up to 12 percent of all toy sales in the United Kingdom.
The process in which counterfeit money is made and passed in retail stores.
Counterfeit money is tracked and reported by parts per million (PPM), which reports how many counterfeit banknotes have been passed into circulation out of 1 million. G-20 countries use a benchmark of 50 as an acceptable level of counterfeiting.
Counterfeit currency rates are determined by part per million (PPM), which reports how many counterfeit money notes are found in circulation. The United States has as PPM of 6.5 PPM, meaning that authorities discover 6.5 counterfeit banknotes that have been passed as real currency out of every 1 million banknotes. Australia has a rate of 6.8 PPM, and Mexico has a rate of 83 PPM. G-20 nations use a PPM benchmark of 50 as to whether or not the country’s currency system can be considered secure.