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Are you using fake electronics?

You may not know this, but fake technology products in use at your home, at work, and by US military and government offices are at an all-time high. 

According to a newly released study, counterfeit technology goods quadrupled from 2009 to 2011.  A few years ago, the FBI seized more than $70 million counterfeit CISCO routers, which are commonly used at home and at work for access to the internet. 

DHS said that consumer electronic counterfeits topped the pirated goods list last year, beating out counterfeit shoes for the top spot!

Cyber Expert Theresa Payton explains how to avoid buying counterfeit technology and what to do if you think you have been duped.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Ask questions about where your technology comes from.

Buy from reputable retailers: It's not a guarantee that you will not get a counterfeit, but you will have recourse to return the item if you do.

You get what you pay for: Getting technology at the cheapest price might not be the best bargain - counterfeit goods are often much cheaper than the legitimate version.

Victims need to report counterfeits: Contact local police if you bought it from a local vendor, or the FBI or DHS ICE.

WEB RESOURCES:

To see the counterfeit report published by ICE within DHS click here.

Report Counterfeit Technology to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

OR

Internet Crime Complaint Center

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