DENVER - Special Agents in Denver have seized 21 websites that were allegedly selling counterfeit merchandise.
The agents work for Homeland Security Investigations, part of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The 21 sites they seized were part of a larger, international operation that netted a total of 328 domain names.
ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok explained that undercover purchases were made from all of the 177 domains seized by U.S. agents. They included counterfeit items in the names of Rosetta Stone, NFL, BEATS by Dre, Tiffany & Co, Nike, Ergo, MLB, NBA and NHL.
According to Rusnok, the agents in Denver seized these websites: Ergobabyoutlet.com, Storeergobaby.com, Ergobabysale.us, Ergobabycarriersusa.com, Ergobabycarriersales.com, Ergobabycarriersales.us, Ergobabycarriersales.net, Carrierergobaby.com, Carriersergobaby.com, Ergobabyonline.com, topjerseysfans.com, iergobabycarrier.com, iergobabycarrier.com, ergobabycarrier-sale.org, ergobabycarrier-australia.net, ergobabycarrier4canada.org, silver1837.com, faketiffanys.com, tcogifts.com, buytiffanyjewellery.com, elsa-peretti.com, and voguetiffany.com.
Agents in El Paso, Texas; Newark, New Jersey; and New Orleans, Louisiana seized the other websites shut down by American agents.
"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, the agency that seized 151 foreign domains in relation to this case. "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."
The seized websites are now in the custody of the governments involved in these operations and anyone who visits the sites will now see a message explaining what happened.
In addition to the seizure of the websites, Rusnok says PayPal accounts containing more than $150,000 were seized in these investigations.