The Internet offers a global marketplace for consumers and businesses. But counterfeiting of products has also become a global business. Counterfeiting robs legitimate companies of revenue, it steals tax revenue to fund government services such as police and fire protection and healthcare, and it puts consumers at risk from injury and death from faulty and defective products.
The same scams that have been conducted by mail and phone can now be found on the World Wide Web and in email, and new cyberscams are emerging. The most troubling has been the proliferation of online stores within legitimate online retailers such as Amazon.com.
It’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between reputable online sellers and criminals who use the Internet to rob people. You can protect yourself by learning how to recognize the danger signs of fraud. If you are a victim or attempted victim of Internet fraud, it’s important to report the scam quickly so that law enforcement agencies can shut the fraudulent operations down.
That’s where you come in! Take a moment to tell us your story and we’ll get to work on contacting the retailer to have the offending store taken down.