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Filed Under:Counterfeit Goods, Cyber Monday, FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, Lanny A.
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The government seized the domain names for the sites that sold everything from fake replica NBA jerseys to replica Louis Vuitton handbags and imitation Ugg boots.
consumers who visit these websites were led to believe they were buying the real thing when of course they were not, Breuer told 1010 WINS.
is straight crime, Morton said. is people being duped into buying a counterfeit. federal government has seized the domain names of 350 websites since first targeting online counterfeiters in June 2010. Each investigation, Morton said, has grown. and Breuer said while the domain names were registered in the United States most of the websites were run from abroad, primarily in China. No one has been charged with a crime in connection with the most recently seized domains. But Breuer said the investigations are ongoing. A fifth person is being sought.
It unclear how much money the seized sites have made, or potentially cost legitimate companies. Breuer said since the crackdown on counterfeit sellers started last year, Internet users have gone to the seized domains more than 77 million times.
we don track the volumes of sales of these particular sites, Morton said, adding that criminal organizations often hide ill gotten profits. is very large figures. Well, well above millions. said it may seem like a trivial thing to buy a knock off football jersey or look alike sunglasses, but the profits seized by counterfeiters can help fund far more nefarious activities.
is increasingly not simply a matter of mom and pop violations at the corner of Fourth and Main, Morton said. are worried about organized crime and (that profits) are going to fuel other criminal activity. would not say if organized criminal groups are suspected of running any of the seized sites to help fund other criminal acts. and its relevant subsidiaries. Used under license. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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