As part of the continued crackdown on counterfeit merchandise websites, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations announced in a release that it seized 89 Internet domain names last week. Of those 89, a whopping 78 were related to Louis Vuitton, the high-end handbag seller.
This was all part of the government's Project Cyber Monday, "an operation coordinated by the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in Washington, D.C.," according to the press release.
That's great except, 78 domain names related to Louis Vuitton? What that tells me is that a lot more people are buying counterfeit handbags on weird websites than should be. This is not a shocker, however. People still fall for Nigerian prince scams and that's the dumbest, oldest and most joked about scam in history.
So, in case you are one of those people who don't realize there are scammers out there trying desperately to steal your cash and sell you a counterfeit piece of crap, here are five things you should never buy online from sketchy websites.
If you have ever been to a city like New York and were hit up by some dude on the street wanting to sell you an "authentic" Louis Vuitton bag, you will understand why trying to buy the same from louisvuitton4ucheaponlinemarketplace.tv is probably a really bad idea. When you can't figure out why your credit card is maxed and you never got that pair of Manolo Blahniks you ordered from manolo-blahnik-is-my-homeboy-cheap-buy-now.us, now you know.
Jewelry and Watches
For anything that is going to be a gift or even something for yourself, you should know by now that any deal from a unknown entity is probably a scam. But if you are unconvinced, you can wait until that "gold" necklace turns your skin green. Way to go, super saver!
That free iPad you are getting because you bought a crappy watch on freeipadrocks-online-warehouse.org? Yeah, you aren't getting that. In fact, if you bought a TV or a laptop or anything from a website with a name like that, your money is gone.
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For the life of me, I cannot figure out why people buy "herbal male enhancements" from anywhere, let alone a bizarrely named website. I wouldn't ingest a loaf of bread I got from some odd online retailer, let alone a pill designed to turn me into Ron Jeremy. But people put all sorts of things in their bodies they buy online, which reminds me...
Medication of Any Kind
Are you crazy? Do you have a death wish? Because either you are or you're a freaking addict if you buy drugs online from some crazy website. Don't do it.