Counterfeit Goods

Information and statistics about counterfeiting and the sale of counterfeit goods. Estimated losses from counterfeits, markets where fake goods are sold, and other piracy statistics are collected from criminal justice programs and public information sources.

In 2011, the National Police in Ireland seized  counterfeit currency 375 times during the year. The number of counterfeit money detection was lower than the 552 incidents in 2010.

In 2009, there were 539 incidents of counterfeit money, and 527 incidents in 2008.

Source:  “Interceptions of counterfeit notes down almost a third in 2011,” The Journal, January 30, 2012.

Due to the role of organized crime in food production in Italy, a report has found that 80 percent of the olive oil produced in Italy and stamped with a “Made in Italy” logo was made with cheaper, lower quality oils from other countries.

(More Mafia News.)

Source:  Leslie Clarula Taylor, “Italian olive oil part of organized crime probe,” The Star, January 27, 2012.

Authorities seized over 15,000 counterfeit NFL jerseys in the days leading up to the 2011 Super Bowl. In total, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized $3.56 Million worth of counterfeit Super Bowl merchandise during the event.

Between the 2007 and 2001 Super Bowls, over 66,000 counterfeit items were seized in total over the 4 years. The counterfeit goods had a value of $6.36 Million.

Source:  Jessica Dickler, “Feds crack down on counterfeit Super Bowl gear,” CNN, January 25, 2012.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) estimated that 28 percent of Internet users worldwide accessed pirated music online in 2011.

Source:  Mike Collett-White, “Music sales fall again in 2011, but optimism grows,” Reuters, January23, 2012.

The United States Customs seized $16.8 Million worth of counterfeit drugs in FY 2011, an increase of roughly $11 Million from FY 2010.

1,239 seizures by the US Customs involved counterfeit drugs, representing 9 percent of the total counterfeit goods seized during the year.

Source: Phil Taylor, “US counterfeit drug seizures up 200 per cent in 2011,” Securing Pharma, January 19, 2012.


Forgers on the streets of Manila will make diplomas from fake universities in about two hours for $10 to $60. Other counterfeit documents, such as job references, cost $11.50.

The main location where the counterfeiters sell their fake identification is between Claro M. Recto and Rizal Avenues. Counterfeit diplomas, identification, driver licenses, term papers and professional licenses such as a fake pilot license are all available.

(More black market information about the Philippines.)

Source:  Peter Shadbolt, “Manila’s forgers graduate with honors from ‘Recto University’,” CNN, January 17, 2012.

In the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year, authorities in India detected 423,539 incidents of counterfeit money transactions, an increase of over 400 percent from the 127,781 incidents detected in the 2009-2010 Fiscal Year.

The most counterfeited currency was the 500 Rupee note, which accounted for 60 percent of all counterfeit money seized.

Source:  PTI, “400 percent rise in fake currency circulation: Finmin report,” Economic Times, January 15, 2012.

The United States Secret Service arrested 3,028 people in 2011 for counterfeiting US dollars. In total, authorities removed $261 Million in counterfeit dollars from circulation during the year.

Source:  Casey Toner, “Counterfeit money easier than ever to make,” Beacon News, January 13, 2012.

In some markets within the European Union, up to 25 percent of the pesticides sold originated from the black market. These unauthorized pesticides are either substandard or are counterfeit versions of the pesticide.

Source: “Trade of illegal pesticides booming in Europe under control of organized crime,” Merco Press, January 13, 2012.

The National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in the Philippines reported seized $189.75 Million (8.3 Billion Philippine Pesos) worth of counterfeit goods in 2011.

The value of fake goods seized in 201 was 58 percent higher than the amount seized in 2010.

Most of the counterfeit goods seized in 2011 were fake handbags, wallets and backpacks.

Source: Dexter Ganibe, “Handbags, software are 2011’s most pirated products,”, January 13, 2012.