The Department of Homeland Security has released a Consumer Shopping Guide to help consumers across the country safely shop for the holidays.
Each year, the United States government seizes millions of counterfeit goods imported from around the world to protect U.S. businesses and preserve consumers’ safety and well-being. Organized crime groups steal billions yearly from unsuspecting American businesses and consumers while draining tax revenue and hurting legitimate businesses. These organized retail crime (ORC) groups focus on selling stolen merchandise to unsuspecting customers on online marketplaces and are relentless in their pursuit of profits.
The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) has introduced a Consumer Shopping Guide to help consumers protect themselves from inferior and often hazardous counterfeit toys, electronics, cosmetics, and other popular products. The IPR Center leads the U.S. government’s attempt to stop substandard products from reaching the marketplace, which threatens U.S. businesses, takes jobs from hardworking Americans, and negatively impacts the economy.