Cyber Monday 2012: Sting targets fake goodsSubmitted by wacko bird on Mon, 11/26/2012 - 18:42
Online merchants peddling phony designer shoes and handbags got no deals from law enforcement on Cyber Monday — they were shut down.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the seizure of 101 websites in the United States on Monday as part of a crackdown on counterfeit goods sold online.
This initiative focused on stopping sellers of counterfeit trademark goods by seizing their Internet domain names, as opposed to past efforts that focused on illegal streaming or downloads. Some of the websites were selling fake Christian Louboutin shoes, Hèrmes bags and baby carriers, ICE director John Morton told reporters on a conference call.
“It is becoming increasingly difficult to tell a legitimate site from a counterfeit site,” Morton said. “People have no idea they even went to a counterfeit site.”