Archives for December 2017

Be very careful where you buy your beauty supplies. Knockoff beauty products could be hazardous to your health.

It may be a cheap alternative to buy knockoff beauty products and toiletries, but consumers are being warned that the fake products can actually be hazardous to your health, CBS News reported.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are also seeing a spike in the use of the alternative products, as data shows that CBP personnel seized nearly $1.4 billion worth of counterfeit goods last year, according to the report. Those employees said one of their top priorities is spotting those fake products that can be harmful to your health.

Customs agents collected more than 2,000 shipments of fake beauty products in 2016, CBS reported, making the knockoff toiletry items more common than fake handbags.

Some of the fake beauty products have been found to contain hazardous chemicals like arsenic, mercury and aluminum.

 

Read more…

https://www.clickorlando.com/consumer/warning-knockoff-beauty-products-could-be-hazardous-to-your-health

Donald A. Bambenek II
Bambenek Investigative Group
4810 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW,  200
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335-1711
(253) 255-6910
Member:
Association of Former Customs Special Agents (AFCSA)
Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Association (FLEOA)
Intellenet
Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators
Pacific Northwest License, Tax, and Fraud Association (PNLTFA)

U.S. Law Can’t protect you From Dangerous Counterfeits on Amazon And eBay; Forbes Article: Christmas Shoppers Beware

China is the source of 86% of the world’s counterfeits. Chinese sellers make up 25% of Amazon’s U.S. market place, according to the Forbes article.

In 2015, Amazon won a lawsuit that removed them from legal liability for what third party vendors sold on their site, and this decision — perhaps not coincidentally — coincided with a big push to get more Chinese vendors selling to people in the U.S. — including the creating of a special maritime agreement which allows Chinese merchants to ship full container loads of products straight to Amazon’s U.S. warehouses.

Read more…

https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2017/12/08/christmas-shoppers-beware-u-s-law-cant-protect-you-from-dangerous-counterfeits-on-amazon-and-ebay/#7dd6750c52dd

 

Donald A. Bambenek II
Bambenek Investigative Group
4810 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW,  200
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335-1711
(253) 255-6910
Member:
Association of Former Customs Special Agents (AFCSA)
Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Association (FLEOA)
Intellenet
Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators
Pacific Northwest License, Tax, and Fraud Association (PNLTFA)

Identify counterfeit or uncertified Lightning connector accessories

Refer to Apple Support to view information on how to spot potential counterfeit or uncertified cables and accessories.

View more…https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204566

Donald A. Bambenek II
Bambenek Investigative Group
4810 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW,  200
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335-1711
(253) 255-6910
Member:
Association of Former Customs Special Agents (AFCSA)
Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Association (FLEOA)
Intellenet
Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators
Pacific Northwest License, Tax, and Fraud Association (PNLTFA)

Counterfeit Apple products

Underwriters Laboratories has warned consumers about the use of counterfeit Apple USB chargers for years and year they continue to be sold by a variety of sources both online, in strip malls and Flea Markets. The article below contains some information on how to spot some of the counterfeit USB Chargers.

Read More…https://www.cnet.com/news/ul-warns-of-counterfeit-apple-usb-power-adapters/

 

Donald A. Bambenek II
Bambenek Investigative Group
4810 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW,  200
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335-1711
(253) 255-6910
Member:
Association of Former Customs Special Agents (AFCSA)
Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Association (FLEOA)
Intellenet
Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators
Pacific Northwest Association of Investigators (PNAI)
Pacific Northwest License, Tax, and Fraud Association (PNLTFA)