July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
At a press conference last month, U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin reported that counterfeits had infiltrated the Pentagon’s supply chain. According to TTIINC.com, this includes microprocessors for fighter jets and microcircuits for Missile Defense Agency hardware. A new bill was proposed to target “malicious offenders– those who already are guilty of trafficking in counterfeit goods and know that they are selling military counterfeits.” It is supported by three major groups: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Semiconductor Industry Association.
In response to counterfeits the Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship released a report detailing the necessary steps the government needs to take in order to monitor the management of electronics more carefully. These four goals are listed in the report:
- Build Incentives for Design of Greener Electronics, and Enhance Science, Research and Technology Development in the United States (e.g., launch prize competitions to stimulate innovations in green product design, recycling solutions, and other phases of the electronics lifecycle).
- Ensure that the Federal Government Leads by Example (e.g., encourage electronics manufacturers to expand their product take-back programs, and use certified recyclers as a minimum standard in those programs, by expanding the use of manufacturer take-back agreements in Federal electronics purchase, rental and service contracts).
- Reduce Harm from US Exports of E-Waste and Improve Safe Handling of Used Electronics in Developing Countries (e.g., support ratification of the Basel Convention on the Control of Trans-boundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal and provide technical assistance and establish partnerships with developing countries to better manage used electronic equipment).
- Increase Safe and Effective Management and Handling of Used Electronics in the United States (e.g., launch voluntary partnerships with the electronics industry and provide guidance to electronics recycling employers).
These are all great goals as well as necessary steps in order to improve the management of electronics and stop counterfeits from getting into the supply chain. Bloomberg even joined with several top agencies last month in “Operation Chain Reaction” to intercept counterfeit military parts sold to the government. Counterfeit electronics are dangerous. Whether it be fake batteries, curling irons, cell phones or computer chips, they all can be faulty and some have the potential to explode. Make sure you purchase products from reputable retailers and trusted websites.
February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
A recent raid in Los Angeles this month by the L.A. Port Police led to a seizure of over $10 million in Apple Inc. products. Through deep investigation, authorities unveiled the sophisticated warehouse operation. Chief of the L.A. Port Police force told the Los Angeles Times this week, “This was a well-funded operation, and the counterfeits looked very authentic.” The goods were shipped from Asia and arrived to the United States in parts then assembled here and labeled appropriately.
(Image taken from LA Times article)
The Los Angeles Times stated that the Port of Los Angeles and the neighboring Port of Long Beach make up the nation’s busiest harbor for trade with Asia. This is where law enforcement works the hardest to stop counterfeits from entering the country. This particular investigation not only involved L.A. Port Police, but the Department of Homeland Security and Border Enforcement Security Task Force as well. We have said many times that counterfeiters are getting smarter at their criminal business. It is taking multiple government agencies to crack down on more sophisticated, well thought out operations such as this one.
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.