Police have shut down hundreds of websites selling counterfeit Ugg boots as shoppers race to buy discounted product in the run up to Christmas.
According to reports, the Metropolitan Police said that several websites have been set up this year advertising boots from the Australian comfort footwear brand Ugg. However, buyers using these sites, most of which are based overseas, have either been sent counterfeit boots or have not received their order at all.
The police said yesterday that they had frozen 1,219 such websites as a result of their Operation Papworth investigation. However, they added that the website owners were unlikely to be traced because they had used fake names and untraceable emails.
Detective superintendent Charlie McMurdie, head of the Police Central e-crime unit told the Daily Mail: “Fraudsters target the victim’s desire to buy designer goods at reduced prices, particularly at this time of year.”
It is understood that many of the websites were set up and run from Asia but claimed to be based in the UK. Police investigated the websites after receiving tip-offs. They also worked with a company called Nominet, which registers websites with the .co.uk domain.