More than 1,200 bogus websites that defraud shoppers across Britain by
claiming to sell cut-price goods have been shut down in a major police operation
ahead of the busy Christmas period.

The Metropolitan police’s specialised e-crime unit targeted hundreds of
websites mainly run by criminal gangs in Asia which operate by hiding behind
UK-registered domain names.

The 1,219 websites offered shoppers the chance to purchase a range of popular
items, like expensive Tiffany jewellery and trendy Ugg boots, at knock-down
prices.

But customers received either nothing at all or counterfeit products.

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