A total of 328 website domains accused of selling counterfeit goods were seized by US and European authorities in the latest crackdown on online fraud, officials said Wednesday.
US authorities seized 177 domain names for websites selling counterfeit trademark merchandise manufactured by American-owned Rosetta Stone, NFL, Beats by Dre, Tiffany & Co and others, according to a statement.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations said court orders for the seizures were issued after the affected companies confirmed the products were counterfeit or otherwise illegal.
Another 151 sites were shut down by the European Police (Europol) in coordination with authorities in Belgium, France, Romania and Britain.
“It is important to stop the sale of counterfeit products over the Internet as it undermines legitimate businesses and also often causes health and safety risks to consumers,” said Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, in the statement from Washington.
“This successful transatlantic operation sends an important message to the criminals showing them that they cannot hide despite the fact that they are operating via the Internet.
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