GAO warns about counterfeit goods purchased from Amazon, Walmart and eBay.

Federal agents advise that counterfeit goods are being sold online through some of the major e-commerce sites, like Amazon, Walmart and eBay.

Name brands like Michael Kors, Yeti, and Urban Decay cosmetics,  have been purchased from online sites and found to be counterfeit.

Investigators bought 47 products from Walmart, Amazon, eBay, Sears Marketplace and Newegg. Of those products, 20 were fakes, the Government Accountability Office said.

The products include everything from handbags, to makeup,  and phone chargers.

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Washington State man sentenced for trafficking counterfeit airbags

A Vancouver, Wash. man who imported and sold hundreds of counterfeit vehicle airbags on eBay and Craigslist, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to six months in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.

He allegedly imported counterfeit Honda, Subaru and Toyota airbags from sources in China and elsewhere, and sold them over the internet representing them as the genuine product.  He sold at least 964 of the counterfeit airbags via eBay with a sales total of $137,243.  He sold individual Honda airbags for an asking price of $110.

“The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has tested some counterfeit airbags resulting in alarming failures.  Driving a car equipped with a counterfeit airbag may be more dangerous than driving a car with no airbag at all in light of the potential for explosive shrapnel being thrown at the driver or passenger whose airbag fails…

The case was investigated by the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations.

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