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Counterfeit Goods

Chances are you’ve seen a counterfeit product or knockoff. Maybe you’ve even purchased one and had it shipped to your home, only to find out later it wasn’t authentic. Counterfeit goods are products, typically of inferior quality, sold under another company’s brand. Many counterfeit goods are purchased online but some can be bought in stores, in flea markets, or through individuals on social media. Counterfeit products pose several problems. They might not meet safety and environmental regulations, which could lead to health and safety concerns. The sale of some counterfeit products can even be linked to funding organized crime or terrorism.

 

Target Price (Counterfeit Goods)

Luxury goods are often prime candidates for counterfeit scams. Watch to see how one woman lost over $1400.

Protect Yourself From Counterfeits

  • Research the seller

    Check out the seller and merchandise before you buy.

  • Beware of low prices

    Beware of very low prices and risky sellers. A company charging significantly less for an item than other retailers should raise a red flag.

  • Know the telltale signs

    Research the telltale signs. To help consumers spot fake merchandise, some manufacturers add something to their products like a logo that is hard to reproduce.

  • Confirm with the manufacturer

    Contact a manufacturer directly to help confirm that a product is genuine. Some manufacturers include design markers to help spot fakes.

Have You Witnessed This Scam?

If you’ve been affected by a counterfeit goods scam and the U.S. Mail® has been used in any way, we want to help. Please report the crime.

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