Gucci, Fendi, Hermes and Louis Vuitton. The real deal can cost thousands of dollars, but you can also find counterfeit knockoffs at a fraction of the price. It may seem harmless enough, but when counterfeit goods flood the marketplace, money that could be going into the economy doesn’t. Even worse, the money you’re spending on fakes could end up in the hands of criminals. Watch Katie’s conversation on counterfeit goods here and check out the tips below to safely buy goods online.
1. If a deal seems to good to be true, it probably is
2. Be suspicious of web sites that do not provide contact information for customer service
3. Be wary of web sites that direct you to a third party site to pay for their products
4. When submitting financial information, make sure the web site is secure and the address begins with https://
5. Check the company’s website for authorized dealers
6. Trust your instincts
From the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center