Monday’s Meat & Potatoes

Counterfeit GuitarsBaytown Man Accused of Selling Counterfeit Texans Jerseys

Customs Agents Pluck Counterfeit Guitars Coming Into O’Hare

Canadian Goverment States They Will Not Replace Counterfeit Parts

75% of Women Say They’ve Purchased a Designer Knockoff: Are You One of ‘Em

Virginia Man Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit GM Diagnostics

Imitation Apple: Hardware knockoffs through the years

£10,000 of Counterfeit Goods Seized at Walsall’s Bescot Market

What Happens When You Try To Buy Or Sell Counterfeit NFL Jerseys?

Joint Investigation Leads to Discovery of Counterfeit Goods in North Carolina

Rock Hill Man Arrested on Drugs, Counterfeit Clothes Charges

Sandhills Store Sold Counterfeit Coach, Prada, Kate Spade Purses

Tech Reviewer Talks About Counterfeit Kingston DataTraveler 310 256gig (DT310)

“Counterfeit Culture” Documentary Premiering Tonight

Hey gang,

You must catch this doc tonight at 9pm on CBC-TV.  It stars many of the heavy hitters in the anti-counterfeiting industry, including the legendary Lorne Lipkus.

They can brake your car or break your neck. Counterfeit car parts, including brake pads and air bags, are being installed into vehicles with potentially deadly consequences.

They can brake your car or break your neck. Counterfeit car parts, including brake pads and air bags, are being installed into vehicles with potentially deadly consequences.

Counterfeit Culture is a one-hour documentary that explores the dangerous and sometimes deadly world of fake products. An industry that once dealt in imitation designer handbags and shoes has exploded into a global epidemic of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, foods, toys, electronic goods, car parts and microchips. Astonishingly, the traffic in counterfeit goods now accounts for approximately 10% of the world’s total trade – a staggering $700 billion. And it continues to grow unabated.

Shot on location in Canada, the USA, Asia, and Europe, Counterfeit Culture challenges consumers to take a deeper look at what appear to be harmless knock-offs at bargain prices. This thought-provoking film is a compelling journey through what is now a world-wide plague, a menace that some have called the crime of the 21st century.


Wednesday’s Wamble

Wednesday's WambleNew Warnings Over a Rise in Counterfeit Condoms

Chinese Man Sold $100 Million in Counterfeit U.S. Software Online, Authorities Say

Sony Patent Disc-Tagging Sparking Anti-Piracy Fears

Charlotte Man Arrested After Selling Counterfeit DVDs & CDs

Don’t Get Sacked Buying Counterfeit Playoff Tickets

Watch Brands Win $100 Million Anti-Counterfeiting Suit

China’s Counterfeit Culture: Even Buildings Fall Victim To Copycats

Monday’s Headlines

Counterfeit Season Ends with More Stadium Arrests

Sculpture Knock-offs Prove Plague of Art World

Five Arrested for Allegedly Selling Counterfeit Goods

QUIZ: Can You Spot The Knock-Off Handbags, Shoes, And Gadgets?

7 Ways To Tell If Your Gold Is Counterfeit

MD Shop owner admits to selling counterfeit goods

Tega Cay teen suspected in $15K Craigslist counterfeit cellphone case scam

More than $635,000 in counterfeit Apple products seized in Anchorage

John Dies at the End – Anti-Piracy Trailer

Consistency in Masking IP Addresses

The two most important things when conducting undercover contact is obtaining sensitive data and, yes, not blowing your cover.  If a subject were to examine the source code (header) of an email I sent them, it may reveal my IP address.  If I were to access a subject’s website, my IP address will be revealed.  Without a subpoena, anyone can use your IP address to determine the name of your Internet Service Provider and the general region of the terminal that connected to the web during your contact.  This is why it is important to use a service that specializes in masking IP addresses.  I use a pay service that is completely legal, inexpensive, fast and convenient. The service I use allows me to choose IP addresses from all over the world at the drop of a dime.
Consistency in IP Address Masking

If the subject is offering fashion goods, I am sure not to use an IP address from NY, CA, UK, France or Italy because the legal departments for many of these brands are located in these regions. If I am investigating a software counterfeiter I will steer clear from IP address located in CA, WA or MA.  A paranoid counterfeiter will block customers from those regions, or at least notice that they are being monitored. So My first advice is to choose an IP address that is not in a state/country your client’s industry or headquarters is based.  Then you must discipline yourself to never check these emails from your phone or an unfamiliar computer terminal.  No matter how curious you are, the email can wait until you are at your PC with the ability to mask the same, consistent IP address region you have previously used.  Just as we are watching for bad guys to make mistakes, they are waiting for us to do the same.

Now I’m going to finish my coffee.