U.S. Government Releases New Online Counterfeit Reporting System

August 11, 2008 § Leave a comment

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of International Trade has developed a new online trade violation reporting system called e-Allegations where members of the public can confidentially report suspected counterfeits.

The new e-reporting system includes an anonymous online form via the CBP website, making it easy for consumers to notify authorities about possible trade violations.

Violations that may be reported online through e-Allegations include:
•    misclassification of merchandise
•    country of origin markings
•    health and safety violations
•    intellectual property rights violations
•    textile or other trade violations.

Any pictures or documentation you may have to substantiate your counterfeiting claim can also be submitted once you receive an e-Allegation number. Click here for more information.

If you would like to submit a confidential tip to the government, please visit the CBP’s website.


U2 Warns Fans About Fake Concert Tickets

August 11, 2008 § Leave a comment

Rock legends U2 have issued a warning that concert tickets being sold for a 2009 U2 world tour are counterfeit.

The Irish rock band is denying reports that they will be kicking off a large-scale tour, and are concerned by dubious advertisements for 2009 concert tickets.

“There are no tour dates for the band at the moment, so please don’t buy tickets for U2 shows you see advertised,” the band said in a statement on August 4.
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Are Fakes Hurting The Job Market?

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On August 5, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating counterfeit crime in the United States said the counterfeit industry is costing the U.S. economy at least $200 billion and 750,000 jobs every year.

Leahy, along with committee member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), is drafting multiple U.S. Senate bills to protect American citizens and the economy from the onslaught of dangerous counterfeits.

The committee met with automotive and pharmaceutical industry experts and product safety researchers, who also expressed their concern for consumer safety.

“A variety of counterfeit products enter the stream of commerce every day, many posing unsuspected serious fire and electrical hazards that endanger the American public,” said Brian Monks, Vice President of Anti-counterfeiting for Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
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Warning: Baltimore Residents May Have Received Counterfeit Medication from Local Pharmacies

August 11, 2008 § Leave a comment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to Baltimore residents who filled prescriptions at two local The Medicine Shoppe pharmacies.

If you have recently received the following prescriptions from The Medicine Shoppe pharmacies at 8035A Liberty Road and 5900 Reisterstown Road, the FDA strongly advises contacting your physician immediately for a new prescription.

The medications in question include:
•    Lisinopril (20 milligrams)
•    Guaifenesin/Dextromethorphan (600 mg and 1000 mg)
•    Gabapentin (100 mg, 300 mg and 400 mg)
•    Metoprolol (50 mg)
•    Nifedipine (30 mg)
•    Diclofenac Sodium (30 mg)
•    Glucophage (500 mg Extended Release)
•    Glucovance (125 mg and 500 mg)
•    Glipizide/Metformin (2.50 mg/250 mg)
•    Furosemide (20 mg)
•    Tamoxifen Citrate (10 mg)
•    Metformin HCl ER (500 mg)
•    Calcitrol (0.25 micrograms)

A statement issued by the FDA relays serious concern because a number of the pharmaceuticals “are for serious diseases and could have an adverse effect on treatment.”

Please call the FDA at 800-521-5783 for more information on how to dispose of these medications.

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Counterfeit Toothbrushes Pose Choking Hazard

August 5, 2008 § Leave a comment

Health Canada has seized counterfeit toothbrushes from the shelves of popular chain-store Dollarama after a complaint in July that bristles from the manual toothbrush became dislodged and stuck in one user’s throat.

Consumers with a manual Oral-B Medium toothbrush purchased at the Canadian Dollarama or requiring more information about this advisory should immediately contact Health Canada’s public enquiries line at (613) 957-2991, or toll free at 866-225-0709.

Always buy from authorized retailers. For authentic points of purchase, visit oralb.com.
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Feds Target Purse Parties

August 4, 2008 § Leave a comment

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are keeping a close watch on “purse parties,” the potentially dubious get-togethers where knock-off luxury purses and accessories are sold. ICE investigator William Wallrapp told a Nebraska television station that global organized crime rings were responsible for selling counterfeit products to Americans who may see it as “no big deal.” Wallrapp also said that the U.S. government has opened a home base in Virginia specifically to investigate counterfeit criminal activity.

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Los Angeles Woman Arrested for Selling Bogus Botox

August 4, 2008 § Leave a comment

A California woman has been arrested for selling counterfeit Botox over the Internet to consumers across the country. The U.S. FDA advises consumers to have medical procedures conducted by a licensed practitioner, and ask about the authenticity and origin of their cosmetic fillers before scheduling an appointment.

Non-approved injectable fillers can lead to botched cosmetic procedures. Last year, Daniel Serrano was imprisoned for injecting patients with what turned out to be low-grade silicon, similar to the kind used in auto lubricant, causing punctures in patients’ skin and even paralysis.

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