This image of a police car highlights the enforcement actions around the rise in counterfeiting, as we discuss here.

35,000 counterfeits seized in Marbella: What fakes mean for brands 

Police sirens replaced the usual sounds of the New Andalusia flea market recently, as Marbellan authorities carried out a record-breaking raid. In a joint operation with the National Police, local officers seized a staggering 35,000 counterfeits from across the market. These fake products, primarily apparel and accessories, impersonated a total of 47 prestigious brands. Operation ‘Almerca,’ executed on October 28, also involved 43 arrests.  

This image of police officers arresting a suspect highlights the rise in counterfeiting and anti-counterfeiting enforcement discussed in this guide.

These events in Spain highlight the counterfeiting crisis across Europe, where fakes thrive online as well as in market stalls. Understanding these trends, and how to tackle them, helps brands protect their consumers and their revenue streams. 

EUIPO figures show Spain in the top five European countries for counterfeit imports, and the top six countries in the world. The Spanish market also ranks in the top six in the world for importing fake clothing, along with France, Germany, and the UK. It’s also in the top ten destinations in the world for counterfeit food products, and toys and games. 

Counterfeiting also poses a significant threat beyond physical markets, as scammers exploit the digital realm. Currently, Spanish counterfeiting markets surge online and offline alike. Police interventions like Operation ‘Almerca’ conduct crucial work in curbing sales of on-street counterfeits. However, they only treat the symptoms, rather that the causes of this crisis, and they don’t address the digital landscape at all. 

Combating counterfeits in digital marketplaces 

Online, businesses often find themselves grappling with a different set of challenges. Counterfeit sales flourish in digital forums, particularly with the rise in AI-powered fake shops with complex social media advertising. These complex, clustered issues require comprehensive solutions to make any meaningful difference.  

Unfortunately, law enforcement agencies face limitations in addressing these issues promptly. This gap leaves businesses with the responsibility of actively monitoring and combating counterfeit activities in the online space. 

EBRAND’s ARGOS: Bridging the Gap in Online Brand Protection 

Recognizing the evolving landscape of counterfeiting, EBRAND’s ARGOS is not just a solution; it’s a strategic response to the challenges that brands face online. With ARGOS, businesses deploy cutting-edge technology to proactively detect and eliminate fake listings across all relevant digital platforms. EBRAND delivers legal support, seasoned expertise, and the technical solutions required to curb counterfeiting and restore a brand’s hard-earned revenue. 

This image of two people collaborating on a computer highlights ARGOS's anti-counterfeiting impact for businesses online.


Recent events at the New Andalusia flea market serve as a stark reminder of the rising threat of counterfeiting. While scammers sustain their threats against brand identity and IP, BRAND’s ARGOS delivers powerful weaponry to fight back. Leveraging AI-enhanced detection and mitigation tools, brands proactively safeguard their digital reputation and revenue. 

To learn more about how EBRAND can help protect your brand from counterfeit threats and navigate the evolving landscape of counterfeiting, reach out to our dedicated team.  

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