Cyber Monday…Can’t Trust That Day

That’s what the people will be singing at the commercial websites closed today by the Feds as a part of a raid called Operation In Our Sites.

Launched in June, 2010, Operation in our Sites is a cooperative effort of the U.S.Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the FBI to crackdown on counterfeiters. Today alone, over 150 websites were shut for selling or distributing counterfeit goods, such as pro sports jerseys, golf equipments, DVD sets, footwear, handbags, and sunglasses. The closed sites now display a notice that they have been closed for copyright infringement.

“For most, the holidays represent a season of good will and giving, but for these criminals, it’s the season to lure in unsuspecting holiday shoppers”,ICE Director John Morton said in a statement. “More and more Americans are doing their holiday shopping online, and they may not realize that purchasing counterfeit goods results in American jobs lost, American business profits stolen, and American consumers receiving substandard products.”

To avoid scams, consumers should be on the lookout for inaccurate grammar and frequent misspellings on sites and make sure that contact information is available.

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