A rouge trader selling counterfeit and out-of-date Autodata CDs to garages in Slough has been arrested.
The arrest was the end result of an operation involving the Police, Slough Borough Council trading standards and Autodata.
The rogue trader was caught in the act of selling the counterfeit CDs to a workshop after Autodata was able to follow the trader and learn his routes.
According to Autodata the seller approached existing customers offering to download the company’s software at reduced prices. Unfortunately the information the seller had access to was obsolete, and therefore potentially dangerous for garages to use.
An Autodata spokesman commented: â€œAutodata is extremely pleased with the quick response of the police and Slough trading standards, after we reported this activity to them. Any cases of Intellectual Property crime are taken extremely seriously and often result in arrests.
The dual threats to the safety and peace of mind of vehicle owners that these sellers pose are very harmful. Their detection and apprehension are a top priority to Autodata, trading standards and the Police.â€
Slough Trading standards said: â€œTrading standards views this type of criminal activity very seriously as there are safety implications. We are still investigating this case and will be for several months.â€
Autodata says its garage customers are becoming ‘increasingly concerned’ about counterfeit goods and are contacting the company to call for action to be taken.
Rod Williams, Autodataâ€™s Chief Executive, said: â€œThe level of attempted IP crime against Autodata has remained relatively consistent but by working with the Police and trading standards we are able to stop these guys in their tracks in many cases. They usually receive severe penalties too, which should act as an effective deterrent.â€