A Cape Coral Police Department dispatcher has been placed on paid leave after being charged with selling counterfeit purses and other items.
Investigators say Contracia Tyecka Hopkins, 35, who has worked with the department for four years, even used the department’s phone number to make the sales.
Hopkins allegedly had counterfeit items in her possession worth an estimated $63,475. She is accused of selling fake Luis Vuitton, Gucci and Coach purses, wallets, belts, umbrellas, watches, backpacks and bags.
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Tips to Avoid Counterfeit Goods During Holiday Season
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Attorney General Jim hood is offering some important safety tips to help keep you from being duped this holiday shopping season. He warns consumers to beware of scams selling counterfeit or pirated goods in person and online.
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Police Crackdown on Fake Shopping Sites
More than 2,000 web shops selling fake or non-existent goods have been shut down by police.
Goods purportedly from GHD, Ugg, Tiffany and Nike had been peddled by the sites, said the Metropolitan Police E-Crime Unit.
It said shoppers had been tempted by low prices.
The unit warned that the goods supplied were counterfeit, adding that many sites had taken payment and then not despatched any products in return.
It said many of the sites had been simply set up by cyber thieves to harvest credit card and banking details.
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Cops Spotlight Threat of Fake e-Stores
Just as the online Christmas shopping season prepares to go into overdrive, the Metropolitan Police has announced that it has helped take down more than 2,000 websites selling fake goods or using other means to rip off customers.
The central e-crime unit of London's police force said that, apart from peddling fake products, the sites were also exposing customers to the risk of identity theft.
It believes that credit card details provided in good faith by buyers could have been used to obtain other lines of credit for the scammers, and make other purchases online, tech newsletter Theregister.co.uk reported.
Det Insp Paul Hoare of the PCeU said: “The sites suspended are registered in bulk by crime groups with the sole intention of duping consumers into parting with their money for, at best, poor quality counterfeit goods, or, at worst, nothing at all.
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