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Cops shut 28k sites flogging knock-off footie kits and other tat

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Ah, so that's how Equifax got my details then?

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No, Equifax was how the dodgy website get your details, but at least you got a knock off* designer shirt.

*one that came out the back door of the sweatshop rather than the front door.

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I suspect it was 28k urls and rather fewer sites....

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One use card numbers

The answer to online card fraud is the single use number. Works once, for the purchase you make, then never again.

My card *used* to offer this, but the website on which you obtained the single use number went through so many changes that it eventually became unusable. Javascript, Flash (or Silverlight), Catchas, multiple requests to login etc. I should try it again, maybe they've had an outbreak of common sense.

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I tried a virtual credit card (Entropay), the plan being that I'd top it up with only the amount needed for a particular purchase, and not leave it with more than a few quid balance. However I had a lot of trouble with it getting rejected, so I stopped bothering with it.

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Details, details!

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"Catchas"

This is an awesome typo. "In order to prove you are human, please place your cat on the keyboard now". Best of all, it could actually work - the best a bot can manage is pseudorandom output, while a cat is one of the few truly random things known to science.

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Anonymous Coward

My Mum knitted my footie top, it's itchy and I sweat like a pig but at least I didn't give my money to terrorists and drug dealers who are out to undermine Mike Ashley's pie money.

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My Mum knitted my footie top

Don't laugh. My mum used to make football kit for me in the 70s. It's hard to know which was worse. The shame at school or the cognitive dissonance of hating someone on whom you depend emotionally.

Still, you can save so much over the licensed stuff that haven't hesitated to do the same to my kids

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Still, you can save so much over the licensed stuff that haven't hesitated to do the same to my kids

Careful mate, these days that's probably "child abuse". As bad as denying them the latest Adidas, or forcing them to use an Android phone.

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So...

...the police are so busy that investigating burglaries of ordinary citizens is no longer a priority. Somebody flogging fake Man U shirts, however...

Priorities?

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Re: So...

You don't pay for government, corporations do and by that I mean campaign funding. They pay for what they want them to do we just then pay for them to do it after making the (in this respect) pointless gesture of voting.

That's why counterfeiting and copyright are always more important than your house.

Why do you think no government has ever campaigned on those issues but enacted laws once in power?

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>You don't pay for government, corporations do....

Indeed

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/29/metropolitan-police-virgin-media-lord-chief-justice

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Either corporate money going into election funds, or lucrative jobs after leaving politics. Either way, same effect.

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There is a safety aspect to this, they produce fake clothes in all sizes, so knock offs with loose buttons and dodgy zips could be a choking hazard for minors.

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Strange measurement

300 hours to get your ID back? That's an odd thing right there.

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Warn Joe Public: they'll nick your ID and ruin your credit

These days I'll trust fake websites to hold onto that info more than a credit reference agency.

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Anonymous Coward

what about..

Going after the extortion racket that is original football kit?

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I'm not quite sure why people think they have a right to something at a reasonable price? I agree the amount charged is stupid, so I simply don't buy them. If people stopped buying them at these prices, the profits would dry up and they would either stop selling them or sell them at a lower price which people are willing to pay.

Any vendor can sell anything at any price. It's a case of supply and demand (without competitive marketplaces anyway). Vendors always raise the price to the highest the market will bear, as that's the most profitable price. A fool and his money are easily parted and persumably those selling football kits know this.....

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A fool and his money are easily parted...

That's true, but does this become acceptable in all markets, then?

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They would say that wouldn't they..

What about the Credit Card companies issuing merchant accounts to these 'criminals'? They have a significant financial interest in not having their cardholders screwed over directly or later by identity fraud.

The warnings are false or greatly overstated they are just trying to scare you towards legitimate and expensive suppliers - same old same old.

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I've never really understood why anyone would want to buy, yet alone wear, a cheap polyester shirt emblazoned with the name of a Korean manufacturer of microwave ovens.

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"Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more tedious than that."

... downvotes a go-go.

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It is quite odd behaviour. I used to be a Judoka and followed the careers of various others that represented the UK in competitions. I'd look like a right twonk if I showed my support by wearing my Gi down the pub though.

Meanwhile, I'm grateful cyclists don't wear their lycra socially.

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what about..

Going after the extortion racket that is original football kit?

Or the misappropriation of tax money in constructing pro sports stadiums.

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"Or the misappropriation of tax money in constructing pro sports stadiums.?"

Reference the Romans and 'circuses and games'.

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Reference the Romans and 'circuses and games'.

In all honesty, mate, if I could go and see religious freaks fed to lions, battles of life and death between convicts, and slaves fed to bears, then I'd be quite happy about taxpayers money being wasted on stadiums. Sadly we don't have any of that, and the taxpayers money is just a subsidy to support a few thick, poncy, over-paid, wankers with their limited brains located in their boots.

In my world, they'd be first on the field, trying to out run hungry leopards.

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"other tat"

Is this why B&Q's website kept crashing to the ground this afternoon ??

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Ooooh! BURN!

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The average person

Will struggle to know a site is obviously doddgy.

Https .. well, certs are easy to get, so not really a sign of "legit"

As for pop up warnings ...

Have they ever seen the (almost everywhere) Verified by Visa stuff many "legit" sites use (& I don't touch with a bargepole). Requires third party web site js references for payment (did when I last looked at the monstrosity) i.e. just the sort of thing a dodgy site might use.

Non use of VbV is only reason I occasionally use Amazon for emergency purchases (prefer not to use them due to tax dodges & treating staff badly) - being out in the sticks sometimes online is only way to get certain stuff unless wait a month for the free time to visit the niche bricks &mortar store miles and miles away (not an option for "emergency" purchases).

Though Amazon needs using with care, plenty of scammers on there, hijacking real, legit small business selling "3rd party" accounts and flogging amazing deals from those accounts whihj obv have good feedback etc. (typically around same time as Amazon running promotions so people expecting a few too good to be true offers, & Amazon always slow to react to those scams)

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