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ICE goes on Cyber Monday raid for counterfeiter websites

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Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has announced it has shut down websites selling counterfeit goods as part of "Operation Cyber Monday 3".

For the third year, ICE worked with a number of European law enforcement agencies to shut down 132 domain names.

"This operation is a great example of the tremendous cooperation between ICE and our international partners at the IPR Center," ICE Director John Morton said.  "Our partnerships enable us to go after criminals who are duping unsuspecting shoppers all over the world.  This is not an American problem.  It is a global one and it is a fight we must win."

The sites were ripping off names of companies like Timberland, Oakley, Louis Vuitton and Adobe Software.  They also sold fake medicines.  The only way victims would know they had been "had" was when the fake merchandise arrived.

Juan Guevarra Torres with E-nnovations said these guys were good.

"This is really high tech.  They had an e-commerce platform. They were working with PayPal," he said.  "They are a good company I think.  So they used all the legit channels to sell counterfeit goods.  That's why it hard to pick up on these kind of sites."

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