Feds make Cyber Monday miserable for counterfeiters

November 30, 2011 4:30:58 AM UTC by Kevin Dawidowicz in Lobby, NFL, Sports and Game Worn Apparel & Equipment

Feds make Cyber Monday miserable for counterfeiters

The federal government spent Cyber Monday cracking down on websites that deal in counterfeit sports jerseys. 131 domains were seized in their latest "Cyber Monday Crackdown" operation, which has been successful in shutting down torrent and other download tracking websites in 2010.

This time around, the feds laser-targeted online stores that sold counterfeit NFL jerseys. It makes you wonder with the 131 sites they shut down, how many thousands of fakes flooded the market before they were able to act.

So, do you know how to spot a real vs fake NFL jersey? Thanks to our friends over at NFL Jersey Fan Paradise, you may now have the tools you need to know before you shop. The community, put together by Simon Masterson of the UK, specializes in consumer education to help you understand how to make an informed purchase. Check them out here - http://nfljerseyfanparadise.forumotion.com/

And for those who may wonder if any recent purchase came from a now-defunct online shop, you can see the latest list here - http://torrentfreak.com/feds-seize-130-domain-names-in-mass-crackdown-111125/.

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Another massive shut down. Reading that many of these "sites" have back up plans in case of such a thing shows how wild the west really is out there. Sites like NFL Jersey Fan Paradise and Collectors Proof are wearing the white hats to help clean this problem up. Check Simon's site out. As our communities grow, together we can make a difference and help "settle the west".

Posted November 30, 2011 3:02:17 PM UTC

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