counterfeit goods

Counterfeit Foods: Are You Eating the Real Thing?

Think counterfeiting only extends to knock-off purses or bootleg DVDs? Think again. Everything is fair game to counterfeiters these days, from computer equipment to car parts -- and, perhaps most frightening of all, the food we eat and the beverages we drink.

Fashion Icon Request: Just Say 'No' to Knockoffs

A host of big name fashion luminaries have partnered with eBay to send a message about counterfeit goods to consumers via the "You Can't Fake Fashion" campaign: It's time to shake out the fakes and put our buying power behind original design.

Cheap Knockoffs Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

We all know that buying a fake Fendi is "bad" to the degree that selling such goods is illegal, and they hurt the companies whose good are being copied, and the economy overall. But it turns out that knockoffs are problematic in many other ways as well: Buying them can put your health and your money at risk.

The 10 Most Counterfeited Products Sold in America

Americans' zest for a bargain has an economic downside: It creates a giant opportunity for the scads of shady operators -- especially from China -- that specialize in pumping out counterfeit versions of the real thing. From footwear to toys, here are the 10 most counterfeited goods in the U.S.

Online Buyer Beware: Cyber-Fraud Is Getting Slicker

A growing number of Americans are shopping online for the holidays -- leaving themselves vulnerable to increasingly sophisticated web fraud. The Justice Department busted 82 websites allegedly selling counterfeit and pirated goods on Cyber Monday, but more criminals are still out there.