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Enforcement: 690 Internet domain names seized because of fraudulent practices

Enforcement: 690 Internet domain names seized because of fraudulent practices

December 2, 2013 - Europol.Europa.eu

December 2, 2013 - Ice.gov

December 2, 2013 - 7sur7.be

Europol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teamed with ten law enforcement agencies from eight countries to seize hundreds of domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers. The US ICE IPR Center accounted 297 domain name seizures in the US. Through Europol Member States, Belgium, Denmark, France, Hungary, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom 393 domain names were seized. This year, operations were also conducted by Hong Kong Customs. The blocked sites were selling counterfeit items of known clothing brands and counterfeit drugs.