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OpSec News Round-Up 10/20/2011

Posted by admin on Oct 20, 2011 7:30:13 AM
MLB Wants Fans to Beware of Counterfeit Merchandise


Major League Baseball is in town, telling Cardinal fans to watch out for counterfeit merchandise. But why should fans even care if a sale has baseball's stamp of approval?  Anyone who's ever made it down to a Cardinals game knows that the fans turnout in their Cardinals gear, and MLB is making a pitch for why fans should care if they're wearing the real deal.

If you want to be a part of the sea of red, with fans dressed toe to head to toe, it's a good idea to wear the right gear.

And while some styles you just can't find, and some you can't put a price on, there is plenty to purchase, and it's not always above board.

Major League Baseball is cracking down on counterfeiting. The League says it's not only bad for business, but hurts tax revenues, retailers and manufacturers.

For full story, please visit KSDK.

Owner Accused of Selling Counterfeit Goods


A Sacramento business owner is accused of operating an establishment that sells counterfeit merchandise, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Raymond Silas, 39, is being held at the county jail on $105,000 bail, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

His business, BJ's Fashions, is located in the 5500 block of Watt Avenue.

To read more, please visit KCRA.

BBB: World Series Souvenirs a Bad Investment


Unlike Cardinals World Series memorabilia from decades ago, today’s trinkets won’t appreciate in value, the St. Louis Better Business Bureau said today.

“Anyone who thinks that stockpiling 2011 World Series pennants or souvenir beer mugs is a plan for early retirement will be sorely disappointed,” said Michelle Corey, BBB president and CEO.

David Doelling, a St. Louis-area sports collectibles expert, says the reason why such an investment is a waste of money is the sheer number of mass-produced items.

To read more on this story, please visit St. Louis Business Journal.

Health Alert: Circulation of Counterfeit Anti-Malarial Medicines


The Food and Drugs Board (FDB) is warning the general public about the circulation of some counterfeit anti-malarial medicines in the Ashanti Region.

According to a statement issued by the FDB's Chief Executive, Dr. Stephen K. Opuni, the counterfeit anti-malarial medicines, when used could lead to further complications of the disease condition and possible death.

To read more, please visit My Joy Online.

Sennheiser in Old Lyme Launches Battle Against Counterfeiters


Sennheiser Electronic Corp., a high-end audio maker based in Old Lyme, is trying to knock out scores of websites and vendors selling counterfeit versions of its popular headphones, with a blast of lawsuits.

In one case, a phony pair of Sennheiser headphones was purchased from an online website by the son of Sennheiser's president. When Jeremy Falcone complained to his father, company president John Falcone, "It was, 'Hey Dad, these Sennheiser headphones I bought sound horrible!'"

For full coverage on this story, please visit The Hartford Courant.

Fake Goods From Powys Valued at £100K go to Charity


Counterfeit goods worth £100,000 which were seized by Powys trading standards have been given to charity.

Christian group His Church have received about 4,000 items including CDs, clothing, boots and computer memory sticks.

It has passed on clothing to drugs charity Kaleidoscope and Gwalia Care and Support after it removed the fake branding.

Powys council said items such as counterfeit CDs would be wiped first.

Trading standards said it seized fake goods from retail premises, markets, car boot sales and households.

For full story, please visit BBC News.

Trading Standards Information and Advice: Good Sports Don't Fake It!


National Consumer Week is taking place this year from the 21st -25th November and will have the Olympics as its theme.

The idea is to alert consumers to all the fakes and scams that exist around the Olympics. This can include fake goods and merchandise, package holidays or deals, fake tickets or ticket websites, Olympic lottery scams.

The central message is for the campaign is Good Sports Don’t Fake It!

On the approach to the Olympics Trading Standards expect to see an increase in complaints surrounding associated goods and tickets. It is therefore important for consumers to be aware of how to protect themselves.

For full story please visit Eastbourne Herald Business News.

Hundreds of Goods Seized in Dodgy Trader Crackdown in Sutton High Street


More than a thousand counterfeit and faulty items were seized from dodgy traders in a major trading standards operation.

The two-day crackdown, called Operation Clean Sweep, was carried out by police and Sutton Council trading standards officers in Sutton High Street.

More than 1,200 items were seized, including faulty mobile phone chargers and fake accessories said to be from the likes of Apple, BlackBerry, Ed Hardy, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.

For full story, please visit The Sutton Guardian.

Countering the Counterfeiters: Patents are a Virtue


Few consumers get fooled by street markets selling luxury handbags at knock-down prices. But there are many cases where it is difficult for buyers to distinguish counterfeit goods from the real thing. As more manufacturing shifts to China, businesses in the west need to learn how to value their intellectual property and protect it from theft.

While the world waited for Apple's iPhone 5 to hit the stores, made-in-China imitations were already on sale for a quarter of the price. Apple has been battling against the counterfeiters in China for three years with, so far, limited success.

China is not the only source of pirated goods but it is by far the worst offender, accounting for 85% of counterfeit goods seized in the European Union last year, according to the European Commission.

To read more on this story, please visit The Wall Street Journal.

Before the World Series, a Refresher on Ticket Scams


All through the baseball playoffs, Mike Tanier will provide the Bats blog with daily updates on less-than-important developments from around the league.

Consumer Confidence: Here is some common sense advice about ticket scams from the St. Peters Patch. It serves as a remedial course in ticket scalping and counterfeiting techniques, and while some of the tips are for people who look up “gullible” in the dictionary (it’s in there), even the most devious-minded among us cannot stay ahead of modern high-tech scalpers, so a refresher is worth checking out.

To read more, please visit The New York Times.

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