SCARS™ Crime Prevention Campaign: Avoid Fakes!
All scam victims know about Fakes! Especially romance scam victims!
Impersonations are a central part of the African / Indian scammer tool kit. But did you think about the other kinds of fake that you get scammed by all the time?
YOU’RE SMART. BUY SMART.
Don’t fall for fake products. Buy the brand and keep it real.
The United States Patent & Trademark Office and the National Crime Prevention Council are working together to raise public awareness about the importance of intellectual property and to decrease demand for counterfeit goods in the United States.
SCARS is a proud member of the NCPA – a part of the National Crime Prevention Council
This public education campaign is aimed at tweens and teens up to adults and will tie in the intellectual property community and law enforcement together to combat this scourge.
THE PROBLEM WITH FAKES
Counterfeits aren’t generic brands. They’re cheap imitations of brands we trust. In addition to funding criminal enterprises, counterfeit scams drain the economy, cost Americans real jobs, hurt businesses, and dupe consumers. As if that weren’t enough, certain fakes, such as faulty electronics, cause over 70 deaths and 350,000 serious injuries every year. …So why risk it? #GoForReal and buy from brands you trust.
DON’T BE A VICTIM …OR CRIMINAL
International organized criminals are turning to counterfeiting to fund their other illegal activities like online fraud. gang violence, child labor, and human trafficking. The more you know, the less likely you are to support these criminals or get hurt by fake goods.
WHY DO SHOPPERS BUY FAKE?
Most people want to find the best deal shopping, especially when they can easily compare prices online. Little do they know, they could end up paying twice because of shoddy goods. They could even pay with their lives in the case of electrical fires if what they bought is counterfeit. Sanctioned brands are indicators of quality and reliability. When you buy real, you support the brands that invest in research and development to make quality goods. You might just save your own life.
FAKES CAUSE REAL HARM
From catching fire to causing skin rashes, fake products can cause real harm.
So How Can You Avoid Purchasing Counterfeit Products And Contributing To Organized Crime, Gang Activity, And Other Criminal Activities?
If you believe that you’ve been duped into buying a counterfeit:
- Report it to the manufacturer of the legitimate product
- Contact your credit card company immediately to challenge the charge
- Report it to:
- Your local law enforcement agency
- The Better Business Bureau
- National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (if safety is a concern)
- StopFakes.gov, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Other sources of help and information include:
- Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, U.S. Department of Justice
- FBI, What We Investigate/Intellectual Property Theft
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Intellectual Property Rights
- Internet Crime Complaint Center
- Intellectual Property Task Force, U.S. Department of Justice
- National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center
- Trademark counterfeiting and consumer fraud related to the COVID-19 outbreak
LEARN MORE – UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY REPORTDHS_Combating-Trafficking_2020
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It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.
Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:
- Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
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