Saturday, February 4, 2023

NYC officials warn against brand-name knockoffs ahead of holiday season

what to know

  • US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York are warning about counterfeit products ahead of the Christmas season.
  • Just in time for the holiday shopping craze, HSI and CBP held a joint media event Thursday about counterfeit goods and how consumers can protect themselves from buying “knockoffs” of brand-name items.
  • If you have information about suspected fraud or illegal business activity, contact CBP through the e-Allegation Online Business Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT. IPR violations can also be reported to the National Coordination Center for Intellectual Property Rights.

NEW YORK – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York are warning about counterfeit goods ahead of the holiday season.

Just in time for the holiday shopping craze, HSI and CBP held a joint media event Thursday about counterfeit goods and how consumers can protect themselves from buying “knockoffs” of brand-name items.

“CBP’s primary mission is to protect our country while facilitating lawful trade and travel. This includes protecting consumers from unsafe goods. We execute on this mission by partnering with industry, HSI, other federal agencies and foreign governments to detect and stop cross-border trade in these harmful and dangerous illegal products,” Frank Russo, CBP The New York Field Office Director said. “The risks associated with purchasing counterfeit products are substantial. The small price you pay may cost you and your family dearly.”

CBP seizes counterfeit products from around the world every year. In fiscal year 2020, CBP seized more than 27,000 shipments of counterfeit products that infringed intellectual property rights worth more than $3.3 billion when the products were genuine.

“This holiday season, shoppers should be on the lookout for potentially dangerous products when searching for the best deals online. From the dangers of faulty electronics to contaminated personal care products, counterfeit products put your safety at risk at the cost of your hard-earned money. Shopping on questionable websites can also put your personal and financial information at risk, as you could be handing over your most sensitive personal information to scammers. If a deal seems too good to be true, it most likely is,” said Marina Weeds, deputy special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York.

CBP said intellectual property theft and the trade in counterfeit goods threaten the US economy, stifle innovation and threaten consumer health and safety.

If you have information about suspected fraud or illegal business activity, contact CBP through the e-Allegation Online Business Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT. IPR violations can also be reported to the National Coordination Center for Intellectual Property Rights.

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