Scotland Yard Shuts Down Scam Sites

The Metropolitan Police said Thursday it shut down more than 1,200 Web sites that purported to sell merchandise such as Tiffany jewelry and Ugg boots but instead shipped counterfeit goods or nothing at all, and put shoppers at risk of identity theft and financial fraud.

The Metropolitan Police said its Central e-Crime Unit worked with U.K. domain-name registry Nominet to shut down the Web addresses of the sites, and to keep them from being re-registered.

Police said the sites were run by criminal networks, and most of the sites were run out of Asia, despite having “” domain names, thanks to false registration details. Police alleged that the Web sites are thought to have generated “millions of pounds” for the scammers.

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