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SigNature DNA evidence Helps Operation Venom Put Away Some Vicious Thieves

SigNature DNA evidence Helps Operation Venom Put Away Some Vicious Thieves | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
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In this amazing tale straight out of Crocodile Dundee, a gang 
of thieves in Gravesend, UK,  viciously attacked a security guard carrying a cashbox to a store, stole a Mini Cooper for their getaway, and thought they had safely made off with 17,000 British pounds ($28,295). But the stolen cash boxes deployed, dousing them with Applied DNA Sciences' SigNature® DNA markers, linking the stolen cash straight to the crime.

Later the gang tried to pass off the marked cash at a betting parlor. Their mistake.

That was in 2012. This week, three of the men were sentenced to a total of seven years and three months in prison.

SigNature DNA protects about 26% of the Cash in Transit in the UK, and has contributed to jailing of 74 criminals, many of them armed and dangerous. The product has a 100% conviction rate since its introduction in 2009.  Versions are used in anti-intrusion products that protect homes and businesses, anti-theft and security smoke products like DNA Fog/Smoke Cloak. 

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American ginseng has a loyal Chinese clientele

American ginseng has a loyal Chinese clientele | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
One of the most popular holiday gifts in China is ginseng, stamped with an unusual guarantee: 100% American.
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If there’s one American export China is clamoring for, it’s ginseng.


A popular holiday gift, American grown ginseng is valuable for its “stronger flavor and high levels of the active ingredient,” according to the Los Angeles Times.


These factors are also said to “unlock the root's myriad but unproven health benefits.”


But the “100 percent American”  ginseng is not always as it appears.


A survey conducted by an Asian foods expo in Southern California found that less than 12 percent of the products labeled as Wisconsin ginseng actually come from Wisconsin.


Tom Hack, international marketing director for the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin, told the LA Times that Chinese tourists “are taking Chinese-raised 'American ginseng' back with them.


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Knockoff drugs endanger Egyptians - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Knockoff drugs endanger Egyptians - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
Counterfeit medications have become a common problem in Egypt, which has no central drug commission or strong laws penalizing their production and sale.
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Thirty percent of all drugs on the market in Egypt are counterfeit, according to Al-Monitor.com. These drugs are being used to treat everything from cancer to allergies. Egypt does not have a federal agency, like the US Food and Drug Association, that regulates and supervises drug safety. This has made policing the counterfeit drugs difficult, although Egyptian Consumer Protection Association is trying to fight the counterfeits by investigating pharmacies that are suspected of selling counterfeits. This is a clear-cut example where Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology can help. SigNature DNA can be used to mark the packing of medications– even the pills themselves– to ensure the validity of important drugs. To learn more, visit our website: http://www.adnas.com

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How to Win Against Counterfeiters

How to Win Against Counterfeiters | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
Online fakers are coming after everybody--but even the small and scrappy can fight back.
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Counterfeiters are a serious threat to businesses and consumers, but that doesn't mean there’s no defense against them.


This article from Inc. Magazine tells the story of Jeff Sasaki, whose company produces high-quality iPhone cases. During a trip to China to visit his manufacturer, Sasaki found three separate companies that were producing knock-off versions of his products.


He’s since hired a Brand Protection Manager to combat the counterfeiters, but there’s still more to do.


The article also contains a list of moves companies should make to protect themselves from counterfeiters. All of the tips are useful, but arguably the most valuable is the second point, “Don’t go it alone.”


Counterfeiting harms your customers, competitors, and essentially everyone involved in the supply-chain. So, why work alone? This is where Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology can help. SigNature DNA can be used to mark and track virtually every component of the supply-chain, ensuring quality control from start to finish.


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Counterfeit MAC makeup could be toxic

Counterfeit MAC makeup could be toxic | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
Counterfeiters are trying to cash in on MAC cosmetics popularity and that’s putting consumers’ health at risk.
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This is not a new story, and that’s the problem.


Counterfeiters will copycat any product they believe they can make profit on– even those that can lead to dangerous health complications.


MAC cosmetics, is one of these brands that has been consistently targeted by counterfeiters. This investigation from CTV News just how successful the counterfeiters have been– but more importantly– it shows how well counterfeits have copied the appearance of the legitimate products.


The packaging of the counterfeit MAC products that are shown are nearly identical to the legitimate versions of those products. It’s a clear sign of how difficult it can be for consumers to spot the counterfeit merchandise. In cases like this– where counterfeit cosmetics can include a range of deadly chemicals– lives are very much on the line.


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Hells Angels targeted in organized crime busts in Saskatchewan, Alberta

Hells Angels targeted in organized crime busts in Saskatchewan, Alberta | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
A major police project targeting organized crime in Saskatchewan and Alberta resulted in the seizure of a variety of drugs, including significant amounts of counterfeit oxycontin and methamphetamine.
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Medicine is supposed to be a good thing-- a lifeline to the sick and injured.


Unfortunately, counterfeiters have seized on that need, and have been producing counterfeit versions of desperately sought after medications.


These drugs, which are largely sold over the Internet, have the added side effect of keeping the criminals anonymous.


That illusion was shattered today, as two violent gangs responsible for producing counterfeit oxycontin were arrested in Canada. Police didn’t just find fake drugs in the raid either. Stashes of weapons, and various other illegal drugs were found.


It’s a further reminder that counterfeiting benefits no one other than the criminals making a profit at some else’s expense.


In this case, where three people died from taking the counterfeit drugs, that expense can be quite high.


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HSI seizes more than $1 million in counterfeit goods from Detroit retailer

HSI seizes more than $1 million in counterfeit goods from Detroit retailer | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
HSI executed a state search warrant at The Source II, located on Woodward Avenue, following an investigation that included multiple undercover buys of counterfeit merchandise. Special agents also served a state search warrant at the Southfield residence of the business owner, Cerhue Walker, where he was arrested on charges of trafficking counterfeit goods. A second suspect, Latrice Walker, was arrested at the Detroit store.
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Designer clothing is a prime target for counterfeiters.


This fact was proven true last Thursday when Homeland Security Investigations agents raided a Detroit business that was suspected of counterfeiting. Inside agents found an estimated $1.6 million in counterfeit designer clothing and luxury accessories. These goods were imitating the looks of high-profile businesses like Nike, Louis Vuitton, North Face and Gucci.


With the holidays fast approaching, this season has seen dozens of raids on alleged counterfeiters. From hazardous children’s products, to luxury apparel, counterfeiters will target any industry where they can make a quick buck. To learn more about counterfeiting, and how Applied DNA Sciences SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting solution can crack down on this crime, visit our website:http://www.adnas.com

 
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Feds seize $25K in fake goods leading up to Winter Classic

Feds seize $25K in fake goods leading up to Winter Classic | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
Clark Settles, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, called the seizures a win for intellectual property rights. Settles says most people don't realize that "the sale of those counterfeit products costs their fellow Americans jobs and results in a loss of revenue for legitimate American businesses."
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Counterfeit sports jerseys is nothing new, and that’s the problem.


Last week, federal authorities seized $25, 000 worth of fake merchandise in the weeks leading up to the NHL Winter Classic. The 680 items ranged from NHL jerseys and other related apparel.


This is hardly the first time and counterfeit hockey gear has been seized, and the NHL knows that. Over the last 20 years, they’ve helped authorities track down more than 10.6 million pieces of counterfeit merchandise that’s been valued at more than $405.5 million.


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Killing, not curing: deadly boom in counterfeit medicine in Afghanistan

Killing, not curing: deadly boom in counterfeit medicine in Afghanistan | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
Corruption and lack of border controls has opened country up to flood of substandard drugs that put poor, sick Afghans at risk
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The smuggling of counterfeit medicine is one of the greatest threats to impoverished nations. In these areas, poor border security and quality control systems have allowed unregulated pharmaceuticals to spread and endanger lives.


Counterfeit pharmaceuticals do not always contain the correct amount, or even the same ingredients as the medications they are pretending to be. When someone in need takes these drugs, their lives are left up to fate.


The Guardian has uncovered numerous cases in Afghanistan where these situations have ended in tragedy. Part of their findings are based on a report from the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, which explains that half of the country’s pharmaceutical imports are smuggled into the country, and are therefore unregulated.


Visibility and quality control are the most crucial steps to proving the authenticity of any product.  For life-saving medicine, that authenticity is paramount. Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology can be used to verify the supply chain for virtually any item, ensuring authenticity and that counterfeits never reach their intended targets. To learn more, visit our website: http://www.adnas.com

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Seized: Fake Disney toys and costumes that could burst into FLAMES

Seized: Fake Disney toys and costumes that could burst into FLAMES | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
Gangs have been cashing in on the soaring demand for Christmas gifts from blockbuster movie Frozen
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Would you buy your child a cheap toy if you knew it could burst into flames?


Then don’t buy counterfeits. That’s the message of this article from the Mirror, where counterfeiters have begun targeting one of the most popular children’s franchises-- often with dangerous results.


Authorities in the U.K. have just seized £5,000-worth of counterfeit toys and clothes that are supposed to be from Disney’s “Frozen.” According to experts, the unofficial counterfeits were produced with toxic and flammable materials and could pose a significant danger. These health concerns add to the funds counterfeiters are sapping from the economy. They estimated to make £900 million per year in the U.K.


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Homeland Security says your gifts could be fakes

Homeland Security says your gifts could be fakes | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
HOUSTON, Texas -- It's that time of year again. Can you believe Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner? Before you start spending, however, the Department of Homeland Security is ...
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The holidays are almost here, and with it, holiday shopping season. Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security is anticipating that many of those gifts will be counterfeit goods. From luxury goods to toys, counterfeiters are targeting every good they can sell. It’s not just the revenue from legitimate goods producers that are in danger either. Many counterfeit goods are devoid of the safety regulations enforced in the real items. To learn more about counterfeiting, and Applied DNA Sciences SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology, please visit our website: http://www.adnas.com/

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Counterfeit Drugs – Don’t Judge a Pill by Its Color - YouTube

Counterfeit drugs are health hazards and are hard to spot without testing in a lab. They often lack active pharmaceutical ingredients and may even contain ha...
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“Counterfeit drugs are a health hazard.”


In this segment on “The Doctors,” host Dr. Travis Stork and Pfizer Chief Medical Officer Freda Lewis-Hall explored the dangers surrounding counterfeit drugs. When it comes to counterfeit pharmaceuticals, there’s always one factor that stands out, or rather, one that always blends in. It’s almost impossible to spot a counterfeit pill from a real one. Even Stork was unable to tell the difference between the real and fake samples that Lewis-Hall brought to the show. Factor in that many of these illicit drugs are sold online, and you have a recipe for disaster. And it’s not uncommon for counterfeit drugs to include hearty ingredients like lead paint and floor wax. To learn about counterfeiting, and Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology, please visit our website: http://www.adnas.com/

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Frozen bracelets: Warning ahead of Christmas over dangers posed by counterfeit merchandise made of metal measuring tape

Frozen bracelets: Warning ahead of Christmas over dangers posed by counterfeit merchandise made of metal measuring tape | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
Parents have been warned to take care when buying Frozen merchandise this Christmas - after counterfeit bracelets made of metal measuring tape appeared for sale online. The...
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Counterfeiters have a chosen a new and dangerous target this holiday season. Piggybacking off of the success of Disney’s “Frozen,” counterfeiters have begun producing fake Frozen-themed bracelets that are much sought after by children.


But there’s a catch.


The counterfeit bracelets are made from a flat steel brand that are wrapped in cheap plastic. Highly dangerous, the steel can easily penetrate the surrounding plastic and slit the wrists of the wearer. Sold for cheap on eBay, many parents have been duped into buying the counterfeits. Online marketplaces like eBay have measures to stop counterfeiters, but they often rely on consumers to spot and report them.


This holiday season, be wary of the gifts you purchase, and remember that counterfeiting is not a victimless crime. To learn about counterfeiting, and Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology, please visit our website: http://www.adnas.com/

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Real or fake: How to spot a counterfeit

Real or fake: How to spot a counterfeit | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
Counterfeiters do big business with fake products. But you can protect yourself if you know what to look for.
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The majority of this blog is dedicated to discussing real incidents of counterfeiting playing out in the wider world, but we haven’t really discussed what you, the consumer, should do if you come across a counterfeit product. There many agencies in the U.S. government that deal with counterfeits, which are all summed up this webpage. From here, you can find correct agency to contact if you come across a counterfeit. Remember, counterfeiting is not a victimless crime, and reporting what you see may help a fellow consumer.

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U.S. says inaction on online piracy risks public safety

U.S. says inaction on online piracy risks public safety | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. trade office on Thursday urged a crackdown on website name registrars who fail to take action against sellers of illegal goods such as counterfeit medicines and warned that
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The sale of counterfeit goods on the Internet has caught the attention of the United States Trade Representative, which has called on website name registrars to help combat the problem.


The USTR maintains a list of “notorious markets” that are suspected of selling counterfeit or pirated goods. For the first time, according to Reuters, the USTR added website registrar to that list.


Registrars can play a critical public safety role in the Internet ecosystem. Ignoring that role, or acting affirmatively to facilitate public harm, is of great concern," the USTR said in a quote to Reuters.


This isn’t the first time government agencies have targeted domain names as means to shut down counterfeiters.


In this year alone, the city of London Police have shut down more than 2, 000 websites suspected of selling counterfeits.

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Are you selling counterfeits? (with images, tweets) · SuffolkTS

Suffolk Trading Standards have run a social media campaign to raise awareness that the selling counterfeits is not a victimless crime, and that there are consequences for such sellers.
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The biggest misconception about counterfeiting is that it's a victimless crime. The second is that perpetrators will get away with it. That idea is being countered by the Suffolk trading standards in the UK, which produced a remarkable social media campaign on the subject. Throughout the day on Feb 11, they posted fake tweets that storyboarded a raid on counterfeiters. The tweets showed what a raid would look like, and what almost always happens when the counterfeiter is brought to trial. To learn more about counterfeiting, and Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology, please visit our website: http://www.adnas.com

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2,000 sites selling fake goods suspended in 2015 (Wired UK)

2,000 sites selling fake goods suspended in 2015 (Wired UK) | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
The City of London Police have suspended more than 2,000 websites selling fake luxury goods since the New Year
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The war against counterfeiters has taken to cyberspace.


Since this year began, more than 2, 000 websites belonging to suspected counterfeits have been shut down by the City of London Police.


Those websites were peddling cheap knock-offs of luxury brands like Burberry and Oakley. It’s not the first time either brand has been counterfeited. In fact, both companies have appeared on this very blog.


In 2012, Burberry won a landmark lawsuit, which stipulated that third-party hosts of counterfeits on the web– websites like eBay and Amazon– could be held accountable.


Oakley has also struggled with counterfeits, and many of its would-be customers complain about cheaply made knock-offs on Twitter. Counterfeiters have become so good at mimicking the appearance of Oakley’s online presence that they’ve tricked customers into buying fakes.


While counterfeiting is still a serious threat to businesses and their customers– this raid by the London Police is a clear sign that authorities are fighting back. Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology can help businesses and authorities gain the upper hand in this battle. To learn more, visit our website: http://www.adnas.com

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Anti-counterfeiting group warns of consumer, economic dangers

Anti-counterfeiting group warns of consumer, economic dangers | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it

Officials for the "Operation Team Player" anti-counterfeiting task force gathered on Friday to discuss the harmful impacts counterfeiting has.

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With the build up to this year’s super bowl, law enforcement officials are scrambling to shut down counterfeiters who are trying to capitalize on the action.


This has been the case in Arizona, where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security held a briefing after a man was accused of selling counterfeit jerseys to a undercover detectives.



But this isn’t the only case of counterfeiting that’s been found in Arizona– not by a long shot.


Over the last year, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Arizona has seized more than $850, 000 worth of counterfeit merchandise. And this wasn’t limited to sports memorabilia.


Headphones, handbags, sunglasses– and everything in between has shown up on the ICE’s radar.


Each case is one more example of how counterfeiters are stealing from legitimate businesses.


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Applied DNA Sciences Anti-theft System Recommended by Sweden Police, Insurance Officials

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Two well-known automakers have chosen to use Applied DNA Sciences’ anti-theft technology to protect their vehicles imported into Scandinavia. A DNA mark is typically applied to parts of all autos of these manufacturers at the point-of-sale.

 

Lars Stervander, of the Stockholm county police, told the newspaper that he “advised car owners to mark up auto parts with smart-DNA.” (smartDNA is branded in other countries as DNAnet®.)

 

Fredrik Kling, an official of the Scandinavian insurance giant IF, told the paper that, “IF recommends customers use smart-DNA in combination with a car insurance policy that covers theft, home insurance and comprehensive insurance.”

 

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'Counterfeit' domains are seized

'Counterfeit' domains are seized | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it

Via Marc Van den Broeck
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Europol has taken another critical step in the fight against counterfeiters online. In this story from the BBC, police forces have shut down 292 web domains that were being used to sell counterfeit goods. With Christmas season in full-swing, counterfeiters were using these website to peddle an array of potentially dangerous would-be presents. But that’s not all they were selling. Many counterfeiters were also using the websites to sell counterfeit pharmaceuticals. Remember, when it comes to fake drugs, counterfeiters only care about one thing-- making money. Because of this, they only focus on the appearance of the packaging and pills. And that’s how investigators frequently find ingredients like floor wax in counterfeit pills.  To learn more about counterfeiting, and Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology, visit our website:http://www.adnas.com

 

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DNA Marking Capability

DNA Marking Capability | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
The Defense Logistics Agency is insourcing its efforts to make it easier to detect and prevent counterfeit microcircuits from entering into its supply chain.
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“Adopting this DNA marking capability will enable DLA to intensify its fight against counterfeit parts entering and negatively impacting our supply chain, and ultimately our customers.”


The Defense Logistics Agency has bolstered its efforts to combat counterfeiting with its further use of Applied DNA Sciences SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology. By marking individual components with unique strains of botanical DNA, the DLA can ensure the authenticity of the components used in some of the military's most important equipment.


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The 12 days of Counterfeit Christmas | NetNames Blog

The 12 days of Counterfeit Christmas | NetNames Blog | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
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It’s that time of year again, and with the holidays just around the corner, counterfeiters are doing everything they can to snatch your hard-earned money.


To help defend against the advance of counterfeits, the NetNames Blog produced this holiday-themed guide to outfox the counterfeiters.


Mirrored off of the popular 12 Days of Christmas jingle, each point on this 12-figure list points to a nefarious case of counterfeiting. With reminders about the threat posed by counterfeit Christmas lights, and how French cheese is being counterfeited, this is one piece you won’t want to miss.


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Police raid 'Lavish Creations' store in Wantagh on counterfeiting charges - Newsday

Police raid 'Lavish Creations' store in Wantagh on counterfeiting charges - Newsday | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it

The shoppers inside a Wantagh warehouse store were expecting bargains on Louis Vuitton handbags and Burberry trench coats, but instead were greeted by a swarm of Nassau cops shouting: "Put your hands over your head!"

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“Merry Christmas”

 

With those words a squad of Nassau County police officers burst into a cramped Long Island store and arrested its owners on counterfeiting charges.

 

The season’s greeting was the code word that launched the raid for "Operation Black Thursday,” a month-long investigation into the store’s owners, and their suspicious imports from China.  

 

The investigation began when U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized two shipments bound for one of the owner’s homes. From there, officials alerted Nassau County police, whose officers began making trips to purchase allegedly counterfeit goods from the store. Once inside, the undercover officers found merchandise from popular brands like Louis Vuitton and Disney’s “Frozen.”

 

Once the dust settled, investigators discovered an estimated $1 million in counterfeit goods. Contrary to popular belief, counterfeiting is not a victimless crime. From the nonexistent safety standards of counterfeit goods, to the economic damage they cause, this is a problem that needs to be stamped out.

 

As summed up by William P. Ryan, a Manhattan-based investigator who assisted with the operation, "It saps millions of dollars out of the economy, supports organized crime, terrorism and child labor."

 

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3 Steps for Excluding Counterfeit Goods and Protecting Your Brand

3 Steps for Excluding Counterfeit Goods and Protecting Your Brand | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
Retailers, whether online or brick-and-mortar, risk alienating customers if they don't make certain the products they sell are authentic.
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Cracking down on counterfeits has become an increasingly important task for business owners today. With online marketplaces like Amazon and Ebay growing rapidly, it’s extraordinarily easy for counterfeits to get lost in the mix.


But the legitimate goods producer isn’t just losing money from a lost sale to an inferior copy-cat.


The counterfeit products also hurt the reputation of the legitimate goods producer, which snowballs into further financial damage. To combat the tide, Entrepreneur.com published this handy guide to help businesses thwart counterfeiters.


The second tip, which praises transparency, is the hallmark of Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology. SigNature DNA can be used to track virtually any product along its supply chain, ensuring that counterfeits are spotted for what they are. To learn more, please visit our website: http://www.adnas.com/

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Medical firm profited on pain with knockoff spine surgery hardware

Medical firm profited on pain with knockoff spine surgery hardware | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
A California company accused of counterfeiting screws for spinal surgery went broke in 2013. But by then, it had sold millions of dollars in medical hardware to a nationwide network of surgeons.
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A medical distributor that shipped screws used to permanently fuse a patient’s spine was discovered to be selling counterfeit products that can cause dangerous health complications. 


Spine Solutions LLC went bankrupt in 2013 after numerous run-ins with the FDA, but their story first began to collapse in 2009. Ortho Sol, a South African company which produced the legitimate screws Spine Solutions was supposed to be selling, discovered its distributor was peddling counterfeits. Ortho Sol had run tests on a repossessed a shipment from Spine Solutions after it failed to pay its bills.


While looking nearly identical, Spine Solutions’ screws were not made from medical-grade titanium. The fakes also had laser-etched markings to make them look real, which an Ortho Sol executive said could make the screws toxic.


To make matters worse, Spine Solutions mixed its shipments with both counterfeit and legitimate screws. Even now, it’s not clear which patients received medically-safe implants. But it is clear that Spine Solutions supplied hospitals from California to Maryland.


Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology is the gold standard tool for cutting counterfeits out of the supply chain. With the level of quality control SigNature DNA offers, the fake medical screws could have been stopped before ever being used on a patient. To learn more, visit our website: http://www.adnas.com/

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'Counterfeit' tires pose consumer risk

'Counterfeit' tires pose consumer risk | Anti-counterfeiting | Scoop.it
What began as a routine tire test became a journey through a maze of deception, finger-pointing, and a lack of accountability that in itself could prove dangerous if the product should prove to b...
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Consumers across the country rely on websites like ConsumerReports.org for accurate reviews of home goods and dozens of other products. So what happens when the reviewers are tricked into using counterfeit products for their evaluations? Misled consumers and damaged reputations.


That’s just what happened after Consumer Reports published its rating of a series of truck tires from the Arizona-based American Pacific Industries. When testing its “all-season” branded tires, Consumer Reports found that they did not handle well under winter-conditions. Soon after publishing, American Pacific Industries contacted Consumer Reports-- their internal testing yielded far better results than what Consumer Reports was claiming.


So what happened?


After retracing their steps, Consumer Reports found that one of the distributors that had sold them the tires had obtained them from a vendor that was not authorized to sell the tires in question. To be sure, Consumer Reports confirmed the tires’ date codes. Under federal law, all tires must be branded with these codes that show when and where the tires was made.


As it turned out, the tires Consumer Reports were using were branded with fake codes. More than that, the factory they were supposedly made in had been decommissioned by American Pacific Industries before the date printed on the tires. Many of its tire molds had also been stolen when they shut down that factory.


Fortunately this case was unraveled, but not before American Pacific Industries’ reputation was damaged and an unknown number of consumers were misled. Applied DNA Science’s SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology can help prevent situations like this. To learn more, visit our website: http://www.adnas.com/

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