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Chinese Consumers Outfoxed by Chinese Counterfeiters

The irony of what’s reported in this June 7, 2017 article titled, “Chinese Factories Fake Shipping Addresses to Sell Counterfeit Air Jordans” posted on Jing Daily, and written by Yiling Pan, (and previously reported in Beijing Youth Daily on June 4, 2017) cannot be denied.

It reports that often Chinese consumers prefer to purchase brand products with shipping addresses from locations outside China in order to avoid Chinese manufactured counterfeits. Except, the Chinese counterfeiters outsmart these Chinese consumers by essentially creating counterfeit shipping labels that give the appearance of originating from anywhere else on the globe other than China.

How about this alarming quote, “As long as you are willing to pay, you can have your products shipped from anywhere you want,” the Beijing Youth Daily wrote, “Japan, Korea, and even Mars. That’s not a problem at all.”

You can’t make this stuff up!

And here’s another quote from the article: “…some Chinese logistics firms have helped these counterfeiters manipulate their shipping addresses. The service allows merchants to put different shipping addresses on the receipts, which has long been one of the crucial methods that consumers have for verifying a product’s authenticity. What’s more, these merchants also set up fake online tracking websites for customers to check the status of their “overseas” shipping…”

This counterfeit strategy reminds me a bit of 419 Nigerian fraud in which the victim receives an email with the name of a well-known U.S. or Western bank embedded in it that gives the victim a sense of its authenticity.

Link to the complete Jing Daily article…

https://jingdaily.com/chinese-factories-fake-overseas-shipping-addresses-to-sell-counterfeits/#.WTj8Pjm-duE.linkedin

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Ron Alvarez is an IP Investigations / Protection writer and licensed private investigator in New York City. He is a former NYPD lieutenant where he investigated robbery, narcotics, internal affairs, and fine art theft cases. Ron is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and earned a B.A. in Government and Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He has published a number of articles on various investigative topics for PI Magazine. Ron is certified by the Interpol-International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC.) as a "Transnational and Organized Crime Intellectual Property (IP) Investigator."

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