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Suspects arrested in West Michigan counterfeit bill investigation

“BIG RAPIDS, MI — Two suspects from Chicago accused of passing counterfeit bills in West Michigan were arraigned Tuesday” writes Mlive Com for mlive.com. Williams had a separate warrant for his arrest for possession of counterfeit bills from October out of Allegan County. Both subjects are under investigation with multiple county and state units in Western Michigan along with the U.S. Secret Service for Counterfeiting, and remain in custody at the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office, police said.The suspects, both of Chicago, were arrested Friday, Nov. 8, after police responded to…

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Counterfeit bill investigation nets 2 arrests in West Michigan

“Shortly thereafter, deputies received another counterfeit bill complaint, this time from a GameStop video game store, also in Big Rapids” writes Ben Solis for mlive.com. BIG RAPIDS, MI – Two people from the Chicago area were arrested Friday night for passing counterfeit bills at several Big Rapids stores, according to the Mecosta County Sheriff’s office. Upon investigation, deputies and police found that the pair had passed several counterfeit $100 bills in Big Rapids throughout the afternoon and evening of Nov. 8.Investigators wrote that the sheriff’s office was investigating a counterfeit…

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You can buy vapes illegally on eBay — and these senators want the practice to end

“In June, The Verge reported that e-commerce platforms like eBay were littered with e-cigarette listings” writes Makena Kelly for theverge.com. Some of these listings appeared to be authentic, brand-name products like Juul pods, while others were counterfeit.In April 2018, the Food and Drug Administration notified the company that Juul products were being sold on its platform. Source: theverge.com

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Brands will be able to delete fakes from website

“Amazon will hand over unprecedented powers to brands to remove suspected counterfeits from its site, as part of a concerted push to eliminate fakes and frauds from the shopping experience” writes Alex Hern for theguardian.com. In 2018, however, a Guardian investigation showed that Amazon was still awash with fakes, counterfeits and mis-sold items, including knock-off AirPod headphones, counterfeit streetwear, and fake Kylie Jenner lipgloss.Under the company’s new Project Zero programme, companies will now be able to remove counterfeit listings themselves, without having to wait for Amazon to take action.For companies…

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Amazon’s Project Zero aims to let brands and machine learning tackle counterfeiting

“Project Zero essentially lets brands aid Amazon by being able to remove counterfeit listings from the site themselves without requiring Amazon’s intervention” reports firstpost.com. In addition to letting brands remove counterfeit products themselves, Amazon is using AI to cut down on fake listings.The global e-commerce giant explains in a blog post that machine learning algorithms will continuously scan listings and remove any entries that are suspected counterfeits. Source: firstpost.com

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Amazon’s Project Zero launches to help brands fight counterfeiters

“Project Zero is an invite-only program for Amazon sellers that will enable automated protections, a self-service removal tool and a product serialization process to help brands fight back against fake products” writes Amy Gesenhues for marketingland.com. Amazon’s new automated protections process is powered by machine learning technology that continuously scans product listings on the platform.With Amazon’s new self-service counterfeit removal tool, brands will no longer have to report fake products to Amazon and wait for an action to be taken.Instead Amazon sellers will be able to remove counterfeit product listings…

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Amazon is putting its counterfeit problem in brands’ hands by letting them delete knock-offs

“Amazon is taking a new approach to its counterfeit problem by putting brands in control of expunging knock-off products on its site” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Through Project Zero, Amazon will combine self-service counterfeit removal for brands with automated scans of logos and trademarks on its website and unique codes on physical items that will help confirm authenticity. Source: cnbc.com

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$100,000 worth of fake merchandise, counterfeit tickets seized during All-Star weekend

“Government agents seized around $100,000 worth of fake trademarked merchandise and counterfeit tickets during the NBA All-Star weekend this month in Charlotte, according to the Charlotte Observer” writes Ryan Young for yahoo.com. Two of those arrests were from people attempting to sell counterfeit NBA shirts, and one was due to possession of counterfeit tickets, according to the report.Agents from the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office and Homeland Security Investigations seized counterfeit tickets and fake merchandise like t-shirts, jerseys, necklaces, buttons and posters throughout the weekend, according to the report. Source:…

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Fake Super Bowl tickets and merchandise are a $24-million business for criminals

“The big business of the Super Bowl has a nasty underside” writes Andrew Keshner for marketwatch.com. The face value printed on the counterfeit tickets to Super Bowls exceeded $30,000, court papers showed, although the alleged scams also included fake tickets for other music and sporting events.Representatives for the National Football League didn’t immediately respond to MarketWatch questions about the prevalence of counterfeit tickets. Source: marketwatch.com

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