Cyber Monday Online Counterfeit Crackdown
December 7, 2010 § Leave a comment
In an effort to crackdown on the online counterfeiting industry, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security seized and shut down 82 website domains selling counterfeit goods and music on Cyber Monday – one of the biggest and busiest online shopping days of the year. Counterfeiters look to draw consumers to their fake websites and counterfeit scams by providing fake goods at a discount. Most of the goods the websites sold included golf equipment, clothing, fashion accessories, and illegal copies of copyrighted DVDs for music and software. The Feds wanted the crackdown to coincide with Cyber Monday to put a damper in the counterfeit trade at the start of the holiday shopping season.
“We are dedicated to protecting the jobs, the income and the tax revenue that disappear when counterfeit goods are trafficked,” the Dept. of Homeland Security told Industry Week.
How did the Feds determine the goods were counterfeit? They purchased them from the websites (This includes burberryoutletshop.com, cheapscarfshop.com, dvdcollectionsale.com, handbagcom.com, mydreamwatches.com, rapgodfathers.com, sunglasses-mall.com, torrent-finder.com and usaoutlets.net to name a few), and determined the goods they sold were counterfeit. Apparently there were loads of misspelled “designer” labels and cheap material used to make the fake products.
The seized websites now show this image:
So what do these criminals face for selling counterfeits online? As seen above, copyright infringement is a federal crime which warrants a penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Trafficking in counterfeit goods on the other hand carries a 10-year sentence and a two million dollar fine.
The best way you can help is to report a website selling counterfeit goods to us at www.fakesareneverinfashion.com.