Project Cyber Monday 3 marks the third year in a row that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has shut down numerous websites selling counterfeit goods.
“Everything from Ergobaby carriers to New Era hats, Nike sneakers, Tiffany jewelry, Oakley sunglasses and NFL jerseys, just to name a few. Even counterfeit Adobe software was for sale,” ICE Director John Morton said during a conference call.
ICE’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center and Homeland Security Investigations partnered with EUROPOL, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, to take down 101 websites that were hosted on U.S. internet servers and 31 websites hosted in Europe.
ICE obtained court orders to shut the websites down after investigators purchased items from the websites and confirmed that the items were fake.
“Counterfeit Hermes purses, Christian Louboutin shoes and various Nike apparel, all of it fake, all of it substandard,” Morton said about the quality of the knock-off items.
“When IP rights are violated, jobs are lost, businesses are stolen and ultimately consumers are cheated. Remember, counterfeiters care about making money and only about making money. They don’t pay health care. They don’t pay pensions. They don’t pay taxes. They don’t care about the people that work for them and they don’t, frankly, care about the consumers who purchase the products,” Morton said.