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Counterfeiting and Piracy Fuel Organized Crime: UN

Counterfeiting and Piracy Fuel Organized Crime: UN

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Would you willingly hand over your hard-earned cash or credit card information to organized criminals, who sell drugs, facilitate human trafficking, and support terrorists? Whether you realize it or not, purchasing counterfeit goods or accessing illicit content on the web is oftentimes fuelling international crime, according to a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Issues Consumer Alert Tips For Avoiding Dangerous Fakes Online

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Issues Consumer Alert Tips For Avoiding Dangerous Fakes Online

On Cyber Monday 2012, consumer spending mushroomed to $1.5 billion in online sales, with experts forecasting even more growth in 2013. Unfortunately, illicit websites offering counterfeit goods that appear identical to the genuine products are also growing exponentially, duping holiday shoppers into buying shoddy and sometimes downright dangerous products. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, which represents a large cross-section of the world’s most innovative and creative businesses, is issuing a consumer safety alert and tips for consumers to avoid purchasing these dangerous fakes.

Guest Blog: Online Pharmacies: What You See May Not Be What You Get

Guest Blog: Online Pharmacies: What You See May Not Be What You Get

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How many times have you purchased your must-have item on the Internet because you found a better price or didn’t feel like going to the store? You wouldn’t be alone; an increasing number of consumers are using the Internet to buy everything from clothes to pet food. According to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, one in six consumers are also purchasing their prescription drugs online. In most cases, consumers assume they can detect an authentic website, and they will be getting the product they see on the screen.