Counterfeit items seized at Rogers Sale
LISBON – Counterfeit items seized from Rogers Community Auction in late July reportedly had a retail value of more than $510,000 had the items been legitimate, according to special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Agents went to 15 various vendors at the sale on July 25, seizing items including counterfeit sports apparel, designer clothes, perfume, batteries, consumer electronics and mobile phone accessories.
The items included rip-off attempts of designer brands including UGG boots, Michael Kors purses, Beats by Dre headphones, NFL jerseys and Otterbox and LifeProof cell phone cases.
Not only do counterfeit items cost legitimate businesses money, HSI agents noted, some of the items are dangerous, such as perfumes containing harmful chemicals or batteries which can overheat or leak.
“While counterfeiters are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their efforts, consumers can still act as the first line of defense in protecting themselves from substandard and often dangerous goods,” said Marlon Miller, special agent in charge of HSI Detroit in a press release. “We urge consumers to look for the tell-tale signs including prices that are too low and inferior quality in product materials. Saving a couple bucks is not worth risking your health.”
Those concerned about possible counterfeit items and other intellectual property rights violations are encouraged to call 1-866-DHS-2ICE or visit www.ICE.gov/tips.