The National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), a non-profit information-sharing organization with partners in both industry and law enforcement, seeks to identify, mitigate, and neutralize cyber-crime. Previously, Jason Calhoun and Laurie Iacono of the NCFTA shared tips with BPP readers on “Leveraging Consumer Feedback to Identify and Combat Counterfeiting.” More recently, Laurie Iacono of the NCFTA shared information on “The Good, The Bad, and The Opportunity” of e-commerce at the A-CAPP Center’s 2017 Brand Protection Strategy Summit.
In this issue of the BPP, Laurie Iacono, Program Manager for the Brand and Consumer Protection Program for the NCFTA, and Christy Hacker, a Team Lead overseeing pharmaceutical fraud investigations for the NCFTA, share screenshots of a sampling of counterfeit websites they investigated or against which they assisted enforcement actions.
The operators of this website were shipping counterfeit optical weapons sights. The counterfeit nature of the goods was confirmed when Homeland Security Investigations conducted a controlled delivery to a customer in New York.
Universal Drugstore offers international prescription drug services. It uses marking for Certified Canadian International Pharmacy (CIPA), which is not a recognized authority for pharmacy validation. Brand named pharmaceuticals are allegedly sourced from multiple countries.
The website is selling airbag covers, inflators, and other airbag parts, claiming to partner with various OEMs. Law enforcement raided the facility in China.
The website purports to sell brand sunglasses at extreme discounts: “Season sale! Save 90% on all Items.” The website links to “fake” sunglasses at the bottom of the homepage, and the website title includes “cheap fake” sunglasses.
Medifit India offers medicine courier services from India. It specializes in worldwide delivery of Indian cancer medicines.
This online pharmacy allegedly dispenses from Canada and international fulfillment centers in Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, United Kingdom, India, and the United States. The homepage includes information disputing the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) ability to control .pharmacy domains, arguing that it will eliminate any international online pharmacies from importing prescription medications into the United States.
Soul Sisters, LLC was selling handmade handbags crafted from counterfeit Louis Vuitton fabric. In 2017, the owner forfeited $50,000 and all counterfeit merchandise. Soulsistersonline.com has since removed all Louis Vuitton branded items.
Products on this site are purportedly original equipment manufacturer (OEM) brands but may be counterfeit as items are “made to order” and designed by its owner. Its owner claims in his LinkedIn profile to offer “Current engineering of mechanical performance parts, interior, and exterior aerodynamics for Audi, VW, and BMW at Euro Impulse LLC.
This website operator was identified as selling counterfeit parts via internet auction. A search warrant was executed resulting in the seizure of 91 airbags, airbag covers, and components, as well as the arrest of the site operator.
THE BRAND PROTECTION PROFESSIONAL |MARCH 2018 | VOLUME 3 NUMBER 1
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