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Knockoff Report™ #557

Fake ‘Apple Watch Prototype’ Sells For Hundreds on eBay - Knockoff Report™ #557Fake ‘Apple Watch Prototype’ Sells For Hundreds on eBay

Phoenix Police Brace for More Counterfeit NFL Goods

Counterfeit Cialis Found Entering U.S. by Mail: FDA

Man Accused of Trying to Sell More Than $46,000 Worth of Counterfeit Items

Over Half the Brand Name Items Sold on China’s Version of Ebay Are Counterfeit, Study Says

Counterfeit Seahawks Jerseys Seized From Washington Man in Arizona

Police in China Nab Five for Counterfeit Train Tickets

Fake Condoms, Viagra, Seized and Online Network Shut Down

Man Obsessed with eBay Jailed for Selling Counterfeit DVDs and Money Laundering £500k

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Two Arraigned for Selling Counterfeit Electronics, Including Phony iPhones and iPads

Pair Jailed After Online Fake Goods Scam

Gang Traded in Counterfeit Goods ‘on Industrial Scale’ on Facebay by Sheerness Couple Darren Hilton and Sharon Marlow

Estee Lauder Wins $1.8M in Counterfeit MAC Cosmetics Suit

Shopkeeper Sentenced After Sniffer Dogs Find 800 Counterfeit Golden Virginia, Drum and Mayfair Tobacco and Cigarette Packs

Counterfeit MAC Makeup Could be Toxic

Second Turkish Man Sentenced for Smuggling Counterfeit Cancer Drugs

Haul of Counterfeit Nike Trainers Worth £250,000 Seized at Harwich International Port

Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance Formed in Beijing

Men Charged with Welling Counterfeit Patriots Tickets

$1M in Fake Serchandise Seized in Lead-up to Super Bowl

How to Avoid Counterfeit Printer Supplies

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Knockoff Report™ #555

Chinese Lego Knockoff Boldly Markets 'Terrorist Car' Kit - Knockoff Report™ #555Chinese Lego Knockoff Boldly Markets ‘Terrorist Car’ Kit

Forget Drugs, Darknet Markets Are Selling Counterfeit Christmas Gifts

Alibaba Took Down 90 Million Fake Products Ahead of Its IPO

Counterfeit Electronics Market Growing Twice the Genuine Goods

Cuomo Signs Bill Allowing Counterfeit Clothing to Be Donated to People in Need

How to Make Sure You Don’t Accidentally Buy Counterfeit Vodka Made From Anti-Freeze

Operation ‘Bad Gifts’ Seizes Counterfeit Goods at JFK Airport

Warning of the Dangers of Counterfeit Straighteners

Nikon Europe Warns Against ‘Counterfeit’ D800E Cameras

2 Chinese Nationals Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit Cell Phone Cases Throughout Massachusetts

NYPD Bags Seven in Queens Counterfeit-Purse Ring

$5 Knockoff of World Famous Parker 51 Fountain Pen - Knockoff Report™ #555$5 Knockoff of World Famous Parker 51 Fountain Pen

eBay Seller Sues Monitoring Firm over Counterfeit Claims

Hong Kong Officials Seize Counterfeit Jasmine Rice

U.K. Dentists Warned About Counterfeit Equipment

UL Warns of Counterfeit Fire Sprinkler

Warning for Farm Exports, as Chinese Counterfeiters Rip Off Aussie Products

Piracy and Counterfeiting Should Be Made Unprofitable

Rogue Trader Found Guilty of Selling Counterfeit Pornography Avoids Spending Christmas in Jail

3 Charged in Counterfeit Raid at Greensboro Flea Market

Woman Accused of Selling Counterfeit Bags Arrested in Surry County

Counterfeit Merchandise Seized in Lexington Worth Almost $1M

Counterfeit DVDs Seized in Phillipsburg Raid

Gaston Man Convicted of Trafficking Counterfeit Goods, Illegal Medications

eBay Scales Back EMR Counterfeit Reporting Program

$15K Worth of Counterfeit North Face Clothes Seized in Logan County - Knockoff Report™ #555$15K Worth of Counterfeit North Face Clothes Seized in Logan County

Police Issue Warning After Counterfeit Tickets Found at Packers Game

BBB Warns Panthers Fans of Fake Tickets, Counterfeit Goods

Police Remove 8,000 Counterfeit DVDs From Laclede County Home

Flea Market Files Bankruptcy After $42M Coach Knockoff Purse Lawsuit

Indiana Excise Police Seize Alleged Counterfeit Merchandise, Pills and More in Wabash

Counterfeit Christmas Jumpers Seized in Cwmbran

Millions of Dollars of Counterfeit Items Found in Morehead Store

Counterfeit Frozen Toys Seized by Revenue Officers

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Black Market Billions

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Rob Holmes and Best-selling author Hitha Prabhakar

As I do the last few days of every April I was preparing for the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition Spring Meeting.  Per my normal routine, I downloaded the agenda and devised a conference plan.  I noted that this year, unlike last, the conference had a host: Hitha Prabhakar, author of the new best seller Black Market Billions: How Organized Retail Crime Funds Global Terrorists.  In preparation of the possibility of carrying on a conversation with her, I decided to extend her the courtesy of purchasing the book on my favorite book site, audible.com.  Don’t laugh.  Come on.  You didn’t expect a narcissistic guy this hopped up on Starbucks to be able to sit down and actually read a book in three days, did you?  Besides, I love listening to non-fiction books.

Black Market Billions began with the author receiving an instant message from a friend offering her handbags for sale at a very attractive price.  Knowing that she is a full-time fashion reporter, the friend explained that the items he was selling ‘fell off the truck’.  What followed was a rabbit hole I was not expecting.  Most books that involve the world of counterfeit goods focus on the counterfeit goods industry (makes sense, doesn’t it?), but not this one.  In order to set the table properly to explain the role that counterfeit goods play in our society, Prabhakar first takes us deep into the varied world of shoplifting, human trafficking and Organized Retail Crime.

Knockoff Report - BOOK REVIEW Black Market Billions

Most of my readers know I grew up in the anti-counterfeiting industry so one may assume I was schooled in all of the ways counterfeit goods are tied to the dark parts of the world’s economy.  One would be wrong.  I knew all about cargo theft, human trafficking, parallel imports and (of course) product counterfeiting and cybercrime.  Although I knew that retail boosting existed, I didn’t know how organized it was and that it is directly tied to the same black market.  I know we can watch an episode of reality television to learn something new, but Black Market Billions added a new view to even this easily jaded joker.  Early on, she moves right to the ties between counterfeit goods and radical terrorists.  Some of these stories were cases I had worked on, so it hit home as closely as it was well-written.

Moving through the chapters, I first was trying to figure out where she was going because the structure was not organized like most books, where there would be claim, evidence, conclusion, rinse, repeat.  She told stories of individuals through their eyes and provided case studies with insight into their effect on these individuals.  As the book unfolded I felt myself engrossed in a story that I thought I knew but saw it in a different light.  Perhaps this insight was partially due to the fact that it was written by a woman.  The stories felt personal and the street crime was real as it was woven into the larger picture of Big Fashion.

I recommend this book, not only for those interested in anti-counterfeiting, but anyone who reads true crime or even thrillers.  Keep an eye on this author as well.  To top it all off, I did end up chatting with her at a party, so my reading it in time was worth it!

Now I’m going to finish my coffee.

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