Raising awareness

Raising awareness is an integral part of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting programme. 

The common denominator in all types of illicit trade is the involvement of transnational organized criminals who control the manufacture and distribution of illicit goods worldwide.

INTERPOL has an established leadership role in combating transnational organized crime.  This provides a solid foundation on which to develop and implement a holistic long-term strategy to combat all types of trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting in partnership with member countries and associated industries. 


This awareness campaign uses online and offline communications channels to effectively communicate the threats of illicit trade and its links to organized crime.

Target audiences

We work to highlight the issues around illicit trade and encourage conversation among diverse audiences in each of our member countries:

  • General public (consumers)
  •  Governments
  •  Law enforcement
  •  Private sector and associated industries

Key messages

  • Illicit trade funds organized crime – no product area is immune to counterfeiting.
  • Need for cross-sector involvement in operations, training, implementing regulation.
  • Partnership with the private sector is essential to successfully combat illicit trade.


The campaign integrates traditional media with the latest digital tools into a multiplatform approach.  You can watch, follow and comment on all the latest INTERPOL-generated content at the following accounts:

28 August 2017

Strengthening the global response to intellectual property crime

25 August 2017

Hundreds of tonnes of illicit medicines seized in African operation

13 May 2017

INTERPOL and China to explore areas for strengthening security and policing capabilities

25 April 2017

Alcohol tops list of EUR 230 million fake food and drink seizures in global operation

08 December 2016

INTERPOL-led operation dismantles criminal networks behind fake goods

27 October 2016

Global scale of food fraud highlighted in INTERPOL-Europol report

19 September 2016

Conference looks to shape global response to intellectual property crime

30 June 2016

Training key to law enforcement ability to meet crime challenges

26 April 2016

INTERPOL backs World IP Day

30 March 2016

Largest-ever seizures of fake food and drink in INTERPOL-Europol operation

17 December 2015

Strengthening border security in ASEAN countries through specialist skills

01 December 2015

International operation against illicit online trade supported by INTERPOL

20 October 2015

Border security across Southeast Asia focus of new EU-ASEAN programme led by INTERPOL

23 September 2015

Global action against intellectual property crime focus of international conference

21 September 2015

South American operation targets crime networks behind fake goods

13 July 2015

Egyptian authorities seize guns, drugs and stolen art in operation targeting illicit goods

25 June 2015

INTERPOL’s Turn Back Crime campaign wins award on World Anti-Counterfeiting Day

01 June 2015

Fakes worth USD 60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean

19 March 2015

INTERPOL hosts global music industry anti-piracy conference

16 February 2015

Record seizures of fake food and drink in INTERPOL-Europol operation

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