We were engaged by a global tobacco firm to assist with identifying the major suppliers of their counterfeit product within: Germany, Poland and Sweden.

Having established a fake online company to enable us to pose as a major buyer and having monitored online forums and conducted discreet site visits to re-sellers within each country, we were able to positively identify several major suppliers. More significantly, we also established that the majority of the counterfeit product was originating from Ukraine and that the criminals were managing to circumvent the company’s brand protection measures, because company employees were actively colluding with them.