The Met's cyber-coppers have knocked 2,000 UK-registered domain names off the net for selling counterfeit goods and ripping off consumers. The police worked with Nominet, the governor of all things .uk, to suspend the addresses.
Detective inspector Paul Hoare of the Met's Police Central e-Crime Unit said:
"In the run up to Christmas the PCeU will continue to work with Nominet and other registries to disable as many such sites as possible, but I would urge customers to take all precautions to ensure they buy from legitimate sites only."
So in other words consumers should take responsibility for their own purchases. You don't say. It's great to see that the police are ridding the internet of tat pedlars, but surely it's not up to them to stop people being ripped off? Consumers should be able to use their own judgement as to whether sites are safe to buy from. In the same way you wouldn't buy a 'top of the range Napple SmacBook Pro' from a bloke in the pub or out of the back of a lorry, you have to apply some common sense to your purchases online too. Come on people, don't buy from places you've never heard off, and if it seems to good to be true -- it is. [MacWorld UK]