Impact of Counterfeit and Stolen Goods
Etsy is full of illicit products it claims to ban
Etsy says handcrafted items are its "heart and soul." But the carved miniature sculptures known as netsuke probably aren't what it had in mind.
Amazon blocked 10 billion in counterfeit listings
Amazon said Monday that it blocked more than 10 billion suspected phony listings last year before any of their offerings could be sold.
Over 200K People Involved in Posting Fake Reviews
The data shows third-party Amazon vendors working with customers to reward fake, positive reviews.
7 Michiganders stole $250,000 from Walmart
Seven Michigan residents stole more than $250,000 from Walmart across 35 states, a federal indictment alleges.
Suspects sought after stealing $4K in perfume
Menomonee Falls police are investigating a retail theft from Ulta Beauty on Saturday, May 1.
Entering the Era of the Super Fake
luxury replica bags are booming across social media as designers desperately try to stop their unethical spread.
Counterfeiters turn attention to smaller business
A new study has found that counterfeiters are increasingly targeting small and medium sized businesses (SMBs)
Amazon Prohibited From Selling Counterfeit masks
A court order is appropriate to prevent Amazon.com Inc. from selling or posting allegedly counterfeit disposable facemasks on its website.
Retail Trade Group Targets Counterfeit Marketing
Influencer accounts peddling fake designer goods are taking hold on social platforms, according to an AAFA report Wednesday.
CBP Officers Seize $4.26 Million in Fake Jewelry
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati seized 9,377 pieces of jewelry from a shipment originating in China
Atlanta father, daughter plead guilty in $5 million shoplifting scheme
Atlanta man and his daughter face federal prison time after pleading guilty in the elaborate multi-million dollar scheme
1 In 5 Fake Ecommerce Listings Are 3% Of Sellers
What happens when digital advertising gets thrown into the mix to sell the counterfeit products?
Buy Safe America Coalition backs Big Tech Accountability Platform memo, seeks to shore up support for INFORM ACT
Buy Safe America Coalition has sent a letter of support to Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers in response to a recent memo.
Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Prada Push Blockchain to Ensure Authenticity
LVMH, Cartier and Prada SpA are joining forces to offer a blockchain solution to their customers seeking an extra seal of authenticity for goods.
Brands File Suit as Counterfeit Face Masks Continue to Pop Up Online
Chanel is accusing a Miami-based retailer of running afoul of federal trademark law by using its logo on garments without authorization.
Grand jury indicts 3 on robbery charges; second such charges levied in 2 days
A grand jury in Aurora’s largest judicial district has indicted a trio of men from Lakewood and Denver on a litany of felony charges
INFORM Act Is All Pain, No Gain (Opinion)
Surely Illinois Senator Richard Durbin means well, but the bill he recently sponsored to stamp counterfeit products out of the marketplace won’t work.
Supplement industry responds to new Amazon requirements
Amazon announced strengthened requirements for the testing and quality of dietary supplements sold on its e-commerce platform in December of 2020.
The “Real” Problem: Knockoffs Are Cheap but Exact a Heavy Price
At the product level and from a visual perspective, counterfeiters can now make goods virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.
How Amazon Strong-Arms Partners Using Its Power Across Multiple Businesses
A heavyweight in retail, cloud computing, digital advertising and streaming, the tech giant compels vendors in one market to engage with it in others.
How US lawmakers can keep supply chains secure from counterfeits
Consumers have increasingly come to rely on e-commerce platforms for all of their shopping needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and criminal networks are doubling down on efforts to take advantage of this trend to peddle unsafe and defective merchandise to unwary buyers.
Fake CDC Vaccine ID Cards Being Sold Online In Illinois
They look identical to the cards you get after vaccination, but could land you in hot water with authorities.Read More
Oregon Couple Ran Counterfeit Goods Scheme From US Embassy
A U.S. Department of State employee and his spouse were sentenced for their roles in an international conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Republic of Korea.Read More
Retailers embrace Senate effort to fight fakes sold through marketplaces
Several retailers and retail organizations on Tuesday applauded the introduction of congressional legislation aimed at curtailing the sale of fake and stolen goods through online marketplaces.Read More
North Texas feds say crime ring traveled U.S. to steal retail goods and sell on Amazon
A Coppell couple are accused of fencing the stolen merchandise by selling it on Amazon and eBay.Read More
Feds: Thieves stole used urine tubes from Beaumont, sold them on eBay, Amazon
Two former Beaumont employees have been charged with stealing medical devices and supplies from a hospital and reselling them on the internet, including tubes that had been previously used in surgeries.Read More
Homeland Security seizes more than 11 million counterfeit N95 in nationwide scam
More than 11 million counterfeit N95 masks across five states have been seized by the Department of Homeland Security in recent weeks, and authorities say suspected victims of the scam include hospitals and medical facilities in at least 12 states.Read More
‘Organized Retail Crime’ Is Growing (And Not Just Because Of The Pandemic)
Organized crime rings are taking advantage of the pandemic, looser police enforcement and a softening in anti-shoplifting laws to swipe tons of merchandise from retail stores and warehouses across the United States.Read More
Online purchases, counterfeit products among 2020’s top scams
Scammers have been taking advantage of people during the pandemic as unemployment and online shopping increased.Read More
DICK’S Sporting Goods and Rite Aid Join Coalition to Combat Sale of Fraudulent Goods
These companies joined the coalition amid the holiday season that is expected to bring about record levels of online shopping and sales.Read More
Counterfeits could turn a bright Black Friday bleak
Counterfeit products also threaten the integrity of brands, as 25% of respondents think removing counterfeits should be done by the brand.Read More
Organized Retail Crime Associations: The Complete List
LP Magazine's comprehensive list of organized retail crime associations is designed to be a helpful resource for retailers and law enforcement.Read More
Online shopping vulnerable to stolen, counterfeit items
And the problem goes even deeper than stolen goods, as knockoff products designed to deceive consumers are flooding online marketplaces.Read More
Organized crime peddlers hawk products not ready for prime time
The big problem is that platforms such as Amazon constitute a breeding ground for fraud. In other words, what looks real may not be so.Read More
Criminal Networks Creating Amazon 'Crime' Day
Today, criminal networks are distributing their stolen products on sites like Amazon.com, where lax rules allow them to get away with it.Read More
Buyer Beware: Counterfeit Goods Flooding the Digital Retail Market
Broadly speaking, the problem involves third-party, online platforms where criminal networks have been able to anonymously sell stolen or counterfeit products to consumers who may not know any better.Read More
Amazon zigs and zags in latest strategy to avoid product liability claims
In August, the company came out in favor of a proposed California law that would make it easier for injured consumers to hold electronic retailers responsible for allowing defective products to reach the marketplace.Read More
Three Arrested in $37K+ Beauty Theft ORC Ring
Close to $40,000 in merchandise was stolen from ULTA Beauty stores across the Northeast Florida area and several other counties according to new documents.Read More
Amazon Prime Day must come with 'buyer beware' warning
While Prime Day is typically one of the largest shopping holidays, experts are predicting the event is poised for an even greater boom with consumers doing more of their shopping online this year amid the pandemic.Read More
Dozens of Amazon's own products have been reported as dangerous -- melting, exploding or even bursting into flames
Since 2016, at least 1,500 reviews, covering more than 70 items, have described products exploding, catching on fire, smoking, melting, causing electrical malfunctions or otherwise posing risks, according to an analysis of AmazonBasics electronics and appliances listed on its website.Read More
Bezos admits stolen and counterfeit goods being sold on Amazon, unsure of the seller verification process
Amazon CEO Bezos admits, that stolen and counterfeit products are being sold across Amazon’s marketplace.Read More
How an Amazon Bribery Scheme Became a $100 Million Swindle
Hundreds of thousands of dollars crisscross the globe via MoneyGram, PayPal, and foreign bank accounts in a plot to swindle more than $100 million from the world’s most valuable internet retailer and its customers.Read More
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Seize $4.3M in Fake Jordans, Yeezys...Agents Say It's From China
Federal agents say a massive shipment of footwear on its way to Mexico contained millions of dollars worth of fake shoes -- including some coveted, rare Jordans and Yeezys.Read More
23 charged in multi-million dollar shoplifting ring in New Jersey
The drivers would load up a car of five to 10 shoplifters and drop them off at retail locations throughout New Jersey and New York.Read More
Police: 70-year-old woman ran million-dollar theft ring that paid heroin addicts to steal
Investigators said heroin addicts were being paid to steal from places like Target, Home Depot, Kroger and Meijer, as part of a fencing operation with the stolen goods then being sold out of Cas Bar.Read More
How Amazon’s quest for more, cheaper products has resulted in a flea market of fakes
Former executives say e-commerce giant, which last year spent $400 million fighting fraud and abuse, has prioritized its broad selection over anti-counterfeiting.Read More
Traffic stop in Mooresville leads to seizure of $360K in counterfeit designer goods
The knock-offs seized in the traffic stop had an estimated retail value of $360,400. Estimated retail value is the amount the genuine trademarked items would sell for.Read More
Counterfeit goods from China are crushing American small businesses
The Department of Homeland Security reported seizures of counterfeit goods at U.S. borders have increased ten-fold over the past two decades.Read More
Baby formula theft ring busted after suspects hit stores from Portland to Salem, police say
Pair stole about $11,537 worth of infant formula from Safeway stores in Oregon and in Washington state on nearly 100 occasions between last November and March, investigators allege.Read More
Arizona couple allegedly ran shoplifting ring, sold stolen beauty items online for $2.7M
A husband and wife in Arizona allegedly ran a shoplifting ring and then sold stolen health and beauty products online in a yearslong scheme that netted the couple millions of dollars.Read More
Many shoppers worry about fake goods during COVID-19 outbreak
As shopping moves online, Red Points' research brings to light the importance of combating counterfeit goods sold in e-commerce marketplaces.Read More
Behind the scenes of Home Depot’s operation to take down professional shoplifters
In the past three quarters, Home Depot reported that an increase in “shrink” hurt its financial results. Retail shrinkage includes organized retail crime.Read More
Steal it Yourself – How Organized Retail Crime is Getting Rich Off of DIY Stores
Professional shoplifters are typically part of an intricate, complicated criminal network often referred to as Organized Retail Crime (ORC).Read More
9 accused in organized $102K theft from Safeway
Recently, KOIN 6 News rode along with the Gresham Police Department and ORC investigators from Safeway as they took down a team of 9 people suspected of stealing more than $102,000 in product from Safeway.Read More
How Organized Retail Crime Affects the Retail Industry
Organized Retail Crime is a serious issue for global retailers — and the threat is increasing by the minute.Read More
Can retailers take a bite out of organized retail crime?
Shoplifting is a perennial problem for retailers, but some sectors of retail have observed an uptick in an even more costly — and sometimes more dangerous — form of theft.Read More
AI is a New Weapon in the Battle Against Counterfeit
The technology is already used in manufacturing to find defects and could be used in a similar way to find counterfeits.Read More
Feds bust a $20 million shoplifting ring
One defendant grabbed a security officer by the throat and threw her to the ground while running from a theft at Abercrombie & Fitch.Read More
The Evolution of Organized Retail Crime in Retail Today
The organized retail crime phenomenon has become even more organized, and the thefts and frauds committed have become more complex and lucrative.Read More
Cyber Fraud and the Growing Threat of Organized Retail Crime
With ORC being one of the top challenges that retailers faced in 2019, the report also assesses what may be yet to come in 2020.Read More
AG launches new unit to address retail organized crime
KOB 4 Investigates has previously highlighted the problem of serial shoplifters who rip of big box retail stores and sell the stolen goods, often online.Read More
Police bust 'amazing' $15,000-a-day shoplifting ring
The ring operators stored stolen items in the warehouse and sold them on the Internet through eBay, Amazon.com and other sites, investigators said.Read More
Online Marketplaces Face More Heat over Fraud
Online marketplaces, including the one operated by Amazon, should verify seller information.Read More
Should online marketplaces be required to verify third-party sellers for safety’s sake?
The continued anonymity and unregulated environment in which these platforms operate have made them a stage to sell products that would never be allowed on a store shelf.Read More
Bezos faces US House Judiciary Committee over marketplace fairness, counterfeits
Amazon's CEO and founder defended its third-party sales and touted advantages for both consumers and sellers, but he didn't have all the answers.Read More
Retail Shrink Hit $61.7 Billion Last Year—Here’s Why
Retailers are calling for stricter police enforcement and laws to battle theft, fraud and losses from retail “shrink” that increased to $61.7 billion in 2019.Read More
Lawmakers Propose Making E-Commerce Companies Liable for Counterfeits
A bipartisan House bill aims to stem the flow of fake goods from China by putting pressure on companies like Amazon.Read More
Can retailers combat consumer desire for counterfeits?
Online marketplaces have launched initiatives aimed at addressing counterfeit sales, but those efforts can be cumbersome for brands.Read More
U.S. Cracks Down on Counterfeits in a Warning Shot to China
The Trump administration is stepping up searches and squeezing online sellers like Amazon to make sure Beijing is sticking to a partial trade deal.Read More
Inside Home Depot’s efforts to stop a growing theft problem at its stores
The Utah Attorney General’s Office worked with Home Depot and other retailers on a multimillion-dollar operation against seven pawn shops selling stolen goods.Read More
Busting Underground Shoplifting Rings: Inside Organized Retail Crime Raids
Police say big retail stores, from Walgreens to J.C. Penny, are getting hit by highly sophisticated shoplifting networks that steal and resell everything from underwear to razors to milk.Read More
U.S. Signals Crackdown on Counterfeit Goods Sold Online
WSJ investigates how unsafe products, including children's products and toys, have become available for purchase.Read More