Knockoff Report™ #591: Holy Phony Guacamole!

Knockoff Report™ #591 - Counterfeit Mission Avocado Boxes Surface in ChinaCounterfeit Mission Avocado Boxes Surface in China

‘Proof is in the Pudding’; Call for Action Following Alibaba’s Latest Anti-Counterfeiting Comments (feat. Rob Holmes)

Giggles Owner Pleads Guilty to Selling Drug Paraphernalia, Counterfeit Sports Apparel (Indiana)

Feds Seize $700,000 Worth of Counterfeit UGGs on Long Island

Rep. Cook Introduces Legislation To Combat Chinese Counterfeiting

Tanzania: Counterfeit Goods Hurt Economy – FCC

Customs Seizes Counterfeit Clothing, Drugs in Northern California Raid

Counterfeit Jeans Fashion Musical Pockets of “Weird Stuff”

Suspect Arrested With R250k in Counterfeit Goods (Cape Town)

Knockoff Report™ #591 - Jokowi Slams Counterfeit Vaccine Ring as 'Extraordinary Crime'Jokowi Slams Counterfeit Vaccine Ring as ‘Extraordinary Crime’

Counterfeit Drugs Worth Rp 56b Seized in Special Operation (Jakarta)

Tanzania Disconnects 600,000 Counterfeit Phones

Counterfeit Factory Closed Down in Durban CBD

Nassau County Cops Arrest Bayside Man for Counterfeiting

Man Fined for Importing Counterfeit Exercise Books (New Zealand)

Rio 2016: Police Warn Public to be Wary of Counterfeit Tickets

Truckloads of Counterfeit Pallets Seized in Belgium

No End to Fakes as Goods Worth Sh100 Million Seized in Nairobi Destroyed

Scared Sh!tless Podcast: Don’t Get Scammed by These Work at Home Job Offers (feat. Rob Holmes)

Knockoff Report™ #590

Thousands Turned Away at EDC Over Bogus Wristbands - Knockoff Report™ #590Thousands Turned Away at EDC Over Bogus Wristbands

Jack Ma Says Alibaba Has Zero Tolerance on Fake Goods, Quality Counterfeits Comments Taken ‘Out of Context’

Counterfeit Goods Found at Motorcycle Week; Two Motorcyclists Crash, One Dies

Athens, GA Man Arrested for Selling Counterfeit Silver Coins

State Police Discovering More Counterfeit Car Inspection Stickers

Man Arrested Over Counterfeit CDs and DVDs

Newton Woman Charged with Counterfeit Drugs

Countering Hawaii’s Illegal Counterfeit Trade

South Florida Woman Sentenced for Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods and Money Laundering

Mashable: 6 Counterfeit iPhones From Chinese Manufacturers

Six Arrested in Illegal Brewery with Counterfeit Alcohol

Bad ‘iPhone 7’ Knockoffs Continue Hitting the Web

State Police Discovering More Counterfeit Car Inspection Stickers - Knockoff Report™ #590State Police Discovering More Counterfeit Car Inspection Stickers

Counterfeit Apparel Seized on Long Island

Eviction Warrant Leads to Counterfeit Goods Bust, Cops Say

Knockoffs: Not Just for Handbags, but Home Decor Too

Marathon County, WI Crime Stoppers: Counterfeit Video Games

Jack Ma’s Counterfeit Comments Shed Light on Taobao’s ‘Legal’ Fakes

Officials Seize $1 Million in Counterfeit Goods in One of ‘Biggest’ U.S. Raids

Counterfeit Parts Pose Real Danger to Driver, Vehicle Safety: Nissan Official

Ministry Officers Seize Counterfeit Smartphones

Tanzania Regulator Disconnects 600,000 Counterfeit Mobile Phones

Abu Dhabi Cracks Down on Counterfeit Goods

Authorities Crack Down on Alleged Counterfeit Laundry Detergent

Knockoff Report™ #589

Alibaba Founder Says Chinese Knockoffs Now Better Than The Brands They Impersonate- Knockoff Report™ #589Alibaba Founder Says Chinese Knockoffs Now Better Than The Brands They Impersonate

“As Inauthentic as their Cheap Handbags”: Alibaba Faces Backlash Following ‘Fakes are Better than Originals’ Claim

2 Year Probe into Smuggling of Counterfeit Drugs Wraps up

Northern Ireland Bar Fined for Selling Counterfeit Smirnoff Vodka

Thousands of Counterfeit Condoms Seized in Castleford

ICE Targets Sale of NBA Counterfeit Goods in Bay Area – Scores Big

Investigators Seize Counterfeit NBA Finals Gear in Downtown Cleveland

Nearly 2,000 Pieces of Counterfeit Jewelry Valued at $2.9M Seized in Indianapolis

$2 Million in Counterfeit Goods Seized at Port of Palm Beach, U.S. Customs Says

Chinese Police Seize Thousands of Fake Toyota Parts- Knockoff Report™ #589Chinese Police Seize Thousands of Fake Toyota Parts

Copenhagen Airport Confiscated Over 50,000 Counterfeit Products

Authorities Break up Counterfeit Prescription Drug Operation in AZ

Jail Terms for Couple Dealing in Counterfeit Car Products

Pennsylvania Candidate Admits Selling Counterfeit DVDs While Running for General Assembly

Over Half Counterfeit Drugs Seized Were Anabolic Steroids

U.S. Customs Seizes $3 Million in Counterfeit Cartier, Rolex, Louis Vuitton

Georgia Man Arrested Selling Fake NBA Finals Tickets

Dangerous Counterfeit Prescription Pills Circulated on the Streets of Utah

Knockoff Report™ #588

China Expands Influence in Pakistan by Flooding Markets with Knockoff Goods - Knockoff Report™ #588China Expands Influence in Pakistan by Flooding Markets with Knockoff Goods

Virginia Woman Pocketed $1M Buying Designer Handbags, Returning Chinese Knockoffs in Their Place

Congress Strengthens Trade-related Intellectual Property Protection

Counterfeits, Knockoffs, Replicas: Parsing the Legal Implications

5 Charged With Running New York Counterfeit Perfume Ring

Social Media Boosts Luxury Goods Counterfeit Economy

Two Men Arrested for Allegedly Selling Counterfeit Tickets to Stanley Cup Finals

Bought Stinky Perfume? Counterfeit Perfume Ring Might be to Blame

5 Mislabeled and Counterfeit Foods That Prove Expensive Meals Can Be Costly Lies

Pennsylvania Man Sold Counterfeit DVDs While State Candidate

Indian Fruit Growers Demand Counterfeit Pesticides Ban

Counterfeit Beauty Products Are on the Rise, According to ICE

Missouri Woman Involved in Counterfeit Phone Scheme

Poundworld Recalls Counterfeit Fuses Which Pose Serious Injury to Shoppers - Knockoff Report™ #588Poundworld Recalls Counterfeit Fuses Which Pose ‘Serious Injury’ to Shoppers

NBA Asks Fans Not to Buy Counterfeit Merchandise

Is the World’s Most Expensive Wine Fake? Wine Auction Hit by Counterfeit Fears

From Wumart to Uncle Martian, Experts Say China’s Copycat Problem is Big

Toronto Police Investigate Multiple Cases of Counterfeit Tokens as TTC Phases Out Old Coins

Counterfeit Alcohol Packaging is Now More sleek, Professional and Harder to Detect

Thousands Of Counterfeit Toyota Parts Discovered At Manufacturing Facility In China

NYSP: Man Had Counterfeit DVDs, Drugs During Traffic Stop

Canada Acts to Prevent Importation of Counterfeit Goods into Canada

Major Automaker May Finally Be Striking Back At Chinese Knockoffs

Jakarta Cops Seize 2,128 Pairs of Counterfeit Shoes

Facebook, Instagram Widely Used to Sell Counterfeit Luxury Goods

Tanzania: Fair Competition Commission Seizes Counterfeit Goods

Cialis Makers Allege Individuals Sold Counterfeit Products

Cops – The LA Project: Counterfeit Meds (Kids’ School Project: VERY COOL!)

Knockoff Report™ #587

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks at First Redeemer Church while on a campaign tour in Cumming, Georgia, February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR2YHDBNewt Gingrich Says China Stole $360 Billion in Intellectual Property From U.S.

Chinese National Admits Selling More Than $1 Million in Counterfeit Cell Phone Parts

Counterfeit Merch More Common as Raptors Make Final Four: NBA

Man Indicted in ‘Illicit Enterprise’ Selling Counterfeit Cavs, Springsteen Tickets

To End Gear Counterfeiting, We Have to Stop Lying to Ourselves

Alibaba Membership of Anti-Counterfeit Group Suspended Amid Conflict Claims

Brands Are Revolting Over Alibaba’s Membership in an Anti-Counterfeiting Group

Alibaba Promises to Crack Down on Counterfeiting – Will Luxury Brands Buy It?

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Skips Anti-Counterfeit Convention

Waterville Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Counterfeit Coins

Drug Bust Reveals Fentanyl Being Sold as Counterfeit Heroin

Counterfeit Cigarettes Flooding Britain Contain 500 TIMES as Much Killer Toxin

Counterfeits Are on the Rise, So Too Are Anti-Counterfeiting Technologies

An Oncologist Who Prosecutors Say Gave His Patients a Counterfeit Chemotherapy Drug Has Paid a $300,000 Settlement to the United States

Knockoff Report™ #587 - Chris SaccaBillionaire Throws Tantrum After Being Denied Entry to ‘Hamilton’

Kyocera Haul of Counterfeit Gear Worth €5m

Former RCSD Sentenced for Allegedly Selling Counterfeit Purses, Rolex Watches

Knockoff: Another Day at the Office — on Canal Street With Counterfeit Vendors

Counterfeit Gold and Silver Coins Burning Buyers

US to Challenge Fake Olive Oil But Counterfeit Foods Remain a Worldwide Problem

Four Booked for Selling Counterfeit Sports Gear in India

Soulbury Farm at the Centre of £600k Counterfeit Tobacco Fraud

Packets of Counterfeit Tata Salt Siezed

Kenya: Agency Turns to Techies in War Against Counterfeit Goods

Counterfeit Viagra Seizures Triple, Says MHRA

Tanzania: Watch That Counterfeit Phone, TCRA Cautions

Lagos Court Jails Man 5 Years for Selling Counterfeit Drugs

I TEAM: Counterfeit Cavs Tickets Indictment

Counterfeit Cancer Drug Discovered in Some Foreign Countries

Los Angeles Authorities’ Counterfeit Crusade

Knockoff Report™ #586: Alibaba, Jellyfish, And Other Slimy Things

Knockoff Report 586 - Gucci Departs IACC Following Alibaba MembershipGucci Departs IACC Following Alibaba Membership

AirHawk Sues Chinese Makers of Knockoff “Wild Ass Motorcycle Cushion”

China’s Latest Export Boom: Fake Gold Coins

Roman Police Seize Bogus Vatican Souvenirs in Crackdown on Counterfeits

Counterfeit Souvenirs Confiscated in Raid

How to Spot Counterfeit Cigars in Cuba (and Everywhere Else, too)

Florida Overdose Deaths Blamed on Counterfeit Xanax Pills

Counterfeit Toys Traded for Comic Books

Michigan-based eBay Business Accused of $400,000 Postage Counterfeit Scam

Knockoff Report 586 - People are Making and Selling Counterfeit Jellyfish in ChinaPeople are Making and Selling Counterfeit Jellyfish in China

Will Chinese Knockoffs Hurt Under Armour Inc.?

How the Rise of Fake Drugs is Killing the Poor, and What Can Be Done to Stop it

Man Accused of Selling Counterfeit Tickets to Cavs, Warriors Game

Pembroke Pines Man Accused of Selling Counterfeit Erectile Dysfunction Pills

Idaho Women Sue Doctor over Counterfeit Implant Claim

P1.5-B Counterfeit Designer Watches Seized From Manila Warehouse

Brothers Sentenced in Counterfeit iPhone Parts Scheme

Arkansas Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Counterfeit Garmin Maps

Counterfeit Painkillers And Xanax Laced With Fentanyl Linked To More Deaths (And Hundreds Of Near-Deaths)

Toronto Woman Charged with Selling Counterfeit TTC Tokens

Police Issue Warning About Counterfeit iPhone Sales

Top 10 Chinese Toy Knockoffs | China Uncensored

Knockoff Report™ #585: Dentists, Chainsaws and Hoverboards

Knockoff Report™ #585 - Dental Patients Risk Serious Injury From 'Extremely Dangerous' Counterfeit Drills Imported From ChinaDental Patients Risk Serious Injury From ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Counterfeit Drills Imported From China

For Counterfeit Fighters on Social Media, Fake Profiles Are a Real Ally

Spanish Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Diesel in Counterfeit Case

Judge in One Direction Counterfeit Merchandise Case Admits in Court That he’s Never Actually Heard of Them

Counterfeit Prescription Pills; a Growing Problem in Tennessee

Counterfeit Opioid Poisonings Spread To Bay Area

Shipment of Counterfeit Shirts Stopped at Alexandria Bay Border

Knockoff Report™ #585 - Foreign Conmen Selling Counterfeit ChainsawsForeign Conmen Selling Counterfeit Chainsaws

Federal Court Seizes Websites for Selling Counterfeit, Misbranded Drugs

Counterfeit Products Exported to Macau, Hong Kong

Federal Investigators Crack Down on Counterfeit Medication in Hawaii

More Cases of Counterfeit Products in Shanghai

US Steel Seeks China Import Ban After Alleged Hacking

Thousands of Counterfeit Hoverboards Found in City of Industry Bust

Thousands of Counterfeit Hoverboards are Hitting the Market, Creating a New Risk of Dangers

Knockoff Report™ #584: Would You Like Chips With Your Monkey Meat?

Knockoff Report 584 Tijuana Man Charged With Importing Counterfeit Pain Pills Containing Potentially Deadly ChemicalThe Fakes Industry is Worth $461 Billion

Tijuana Man Charged With Importing Counterfeit Pain Pills Containing Potentially Deadly Chemical

Chinese Chip Counterfeiter, Lured to US in Sting, Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy

Instagram’s Sponsored Ads Include Counterfeit Sellers

$1M in Knockoff Products Seized in Rochester

Ingleside Man Charged After Counterfeit Nike, Adidas Items Founds

Syosset Business Owner Had Counterfeit Goods, Cops Say

Australian Border Force Swoops on Counterfeit Resellers

Upper Allen Man Arrested for Using a Counterfeit License Plate

Hyperledger Project Explores Fighting Counterfeit Drugs with Blockchain

Counterfeit Royals Jerseys Flooding the Kansas City Market

Michigan Store Owner Jailed for Counterfeit NFL, MLB Clothing

Florida Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Selling Counterfeit Drugs

Knockoff Report 584 Largest Ever Bust of Counterfeit Foods Finds Gruesome Stuff, Including Monkey MeatLargest Ever Bust of Counterfeit Foods Finds Gruesome Stuff, Including Monkey Meat

Online Retailers Target Women with Knockoffs, Avoid Getting Scammed on Dress of Your Dreams

Customs & Border Protection Officers Seize $1M in Counterfeit Goods at Port

Qatar’s MEC Seizes 1,539 Counterfeit Spare Parts

Health Ministry Warns on Counterfeit Vodka, Brandy

Court Awards 5-Hour Energy $20 Million In Counterfeit Scheme

Counterfeit Vodka on Sale in Pub

Epic Wins $940 Million for Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights

Police Seize £1m Counterfeit Goods in Huge Strangeways Raid

Warriors Warning Fans of Counterfeit Tickets as Playoffs Return to Oracle Arena

Counterfeit Gold and Silver Coins Are a Growing Problem

60 Per Cent Water, Juice in Kenya is Counterfeit

I’ve Heard of Counterfeit Busts Before, But This is Crazy!

Knockoff Report™ #584: Beyonce, Burgers and Badges

Beyonce performs at the Glastonbury Festival in SomersetBeyonce Sues Over ‘Feyonce’ Knockoffs

Counterfeit Coffee Is Now Something You Need to Worry About

High-Tech Tools Track Counterfeit Cotton Crops

7 People in California Die After Taking Counterfeit Prescription Painkillers

Chinese Businesswoman Held With Counterfeit Footwear Pleads Guilty

This Luxury Jacket-Maker Is Using Computer Chips to Fight Counterfeiting

Counterfeit Oyster Bake Wristbands Being Sold on Black Market

In China, Why Even Some NGOs Are Counterfeit

FBI Searching for Five Wanted in Counterfeit Ticket Scheme

Knockoff Report - BurgersA National Burger Chain Is Rolling Out a Knockoff Ramen Burger

Man in Prison for Selling Counterfeit Disney Pins Now Accused of Cold-Case Murder

Computer Creates High-Tech Rembrandt Counterfeit

From Fuckbook to Booble, Porn Knockoffs of Startups Are the Wikipedia of Failing

5-Hour Energy Awarded $20 Million in Counterfeiting Case

42 Overdoses, 10 Deaths in Sacramento Since March 23rd: Counterfeit Pain Pills to Blame?

Ukraine Trade Body Calls for Crackdown on Fake Cement

You Might Be Drinking Fake Booze And Eating Monkey Meat, According To Interpol

Painted Olives, Counterfeit Sugar and Booze on Global List of Seized Bogus Foods

Man Wanted for Allegedly Producing Fake CIA and FBI Badges

Worried About Fake Goods Online? Dubai Protects Your Rights

FDA Probes Allegations of ‘Counterfeit’ Boston Scientific Surgical Mesh

Kenya Counterfeit Agency Steps up Crackdown Against Counterfeits

Things You Need to Know About Bitcoin

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In the last year or so, with the ever-increasing interest in investigating subjects on the Dark Web, our clients have been asking us more and more about bitcoin.  Bitcoin is an open source digital asset which utilizes a peer-to-peer system with which users can interact directly without an intermediary. Bitcoin is not the first cryptocurrency, but it is the first decentralized digital currency acknowledged by United States Treasury. It is the largest of its kind in terms of total market value. Although your local department store may not yet have adopted bitcoin as payment, major companies such as Dell, Overstock, and Expedia have.  In fact, IPCybercrime now accepts bitcoin as well.  Even more importantly from and investigation standpoint, it is the sole payment method on the Dark Web.  Here are a few bitcoin basics that we think you should know:

Market

The Bitcoin market is a very volatile market. According to a study by Boston University, bitcoin has volatility seven times greater than gold, eight times greater than the S&P 500 and eighteen times greater than the U.S. Dollar. Here at IPCybercrime, we deal in bitcoin on a daily basis. During trades and purchases, it is not uncommon to see the price change $50 either way within minutes. While conducting our investigations, it does make bookkeeping somewhat difficult. In regard to our clients, we bill them at the price bitcoin was at the time we converted their currency to bitcoin. This is different each time but easily referenced.

Block Chain

The block chain is a public ledger maintained by a public network that records bitcoin transactions. All transactions are broadcast to this network using common software utilized by its users. The important thing to understand about the block chain is that all transactions are independently verified by a distributed database. Because the block chain is public, all transaction are public. This means anyone can research a bitcoin wallet ID to track their transactions, including whom they transact with.

Wallet

It is necessary for a person to first have a bitcoin wallet before trading in bitcoin. There are a number of software wallets that are readily available online.  There are also hardware wallets that enable an extra layer of security by requiring the equipment to be present during a transaction. It is most common to use a software wallet. All software wallets that are created to be compliant to transfer in US currency by way of bank wire or credit card are regulated using US rules. This means they require ID verification. That’s not always good for undercover investigations. IPCybercrime has vast experience working with legal sources to maintain legitimate bitcoin wallets without giving away our identity to the general public, or worse, the bad guys.

IPCybercrime regularly conducts purchases and investigates perpetrators using bitcoin, the Dark Web, and the block chain and consider ourselves experts among our peers.   Contact us if you would like to know more how IPCybercrime can assist your company in legal or investigative matters that involve bitcoin.

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