DID YOU KNOW?

HOW DO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
CRIMES AFFECT ME?

The sale of counterfeit goods has been linked to:

  • Drug trafficking
  • Organized crime
  • Terrorist activity
  • Gang violence
  • Child labor
  • Life-threatening health issues

The sale of counterfeit goods can hurt:

  • Consumers by posing serious health and safety risks
  • Businesses by the loss of revenues
  • Government due to lost sales tax, excise tax and lost income
  • America by the loss of tax dollars
HOW CAN I SPOT A KNOCK-OFF?
  • Is the product priced substantially below retail?
  • Does the product appear to be of poor quality?
  • Is the product packaging incomplete, torn, or otherwise suspicious?
  • Is the licensing, copyright and trademark information missing from the packaging?
  • Does the packaging have typographical errors or inconsistencies in the graphics/printing?
  • Is the product sold at a reputable retailer?
  • Is the seller using suspicious sales practices?
  • Does the seller accept payments in cash only?
  • Are the logos properly attached to the products?

All these are signs that a product may be counterfeit.
REMEMBER:
IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE... IT PROBABLY IS!


 
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