BuzzFeed News: TikTok Shop Customers Are Worried That They’re Buying Fake Products

BuzzFeed News: TikTok Shop Customers Are Worried That They’re Buying Fake Products. “TikTok launched its marketplace in September 2021, and since then vendors have sold items often at highly reduced prices, including a sunset lamp that has gone viral as well as the famous ‘TikTok water bottle’ that both sold for 99p…. Several videos have been posted on TikTok with users questioning the authenticity of the products sold.”

Wall Street Journal: The Surprising Reason Your Amazon Searches Are Returning More Confusing Results than Ever

Wall Street Journal: The Surprising Reason Your Amazon Searches Are Returning More Confusing Results than Ever. “If you want to be reminded just how tiny you are, you could travel to a remote part of the world and behold the night sky, or stand atop a mountain and contemplate its immensity, or you could try to find the best garlic press on Amazon… Granted, there are many more stars in the night sky than the 300 or so garlic presses visible on Amazon’s U.S. site. But wading through page after page of those listings, for items with tens of thousands of collective reviews, is, like many searches on Amazon, increasingly an exercise in frustration, despair and confusion.”

Make Tech Easier: Free Tools to Check SD Card Speed and Capacity

Make Tech Easier: Free Tools to Check SD Card Speed and Capacity. “Unfortunately, there are many fake SD and microSD cards floating around on the Internet. Even reputable online marketplaces like Amazon aren’t immune to the influx of useless cards being flogged to unsuspecting consumers. That’s why you need a fake SD card test to avoid getting scammed.”

Purdue University: An edible QR code takes a shot at fake whiskey

Purdue University: An edible QR code takes a shot at fake whiskey. “The days of fake whiskey could be numbered, thanks to a team of biomedical engineers from Purdue University and South Korea. The team, led by Young Kim, associate head for research and an associate professor in Purdue’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, has developed an QR code on an edible silk tag that manufacturers can place in bottles of whiskey. Consumers can use a smartphone app to confirm the whiskey’s authenticity.”

JD Supra: UK Considers How to Tackle Trend of Social Media Influencers Promoting Counterfeit Products

JD Supra: UK Considers How to Tackle Trend of Social Media Influencers Promoting Counterfeit Products. “The United Kingdom’s intellectual property laws provide to rights owners important protections, which encourage creativity and drives the free market economy. However, changing attitudes around counterfeits, the growth of the digital economy, and the continued influence of social media have culminated in ever-increasing violations of such rights, potentially resulting in direct harm to the market, stalled development, and the undermining of public welfare. More recently, influencers have come under scrutiny for facilitating trade in counterfeit products.”

The Olive Press: Madrid hospital worker masterminded database fraud to register ‘anti-vaxxers’ in Spain for Covid-19 certificates

The Olive Press: Madrid hospital worker masterminded database fraud to register ‘anti-vaxxers’ in Spain for Covid-19 certificates. “The Prensa Iberica newspaper group has discovered that the man worked as a nursing assistant at the La Paz General Hospital in Madrid. He’s accused of making over €200,000 for accessing the National Vaccination database to get hundreds of people registered for receiving Covid-19 vaccines despite not getting them because of their ‘anti-vax’ stance.”

Opinion: Fake Plates are Hiding in Plain Sight on Facebook, Yet Authorities Do Little (Streetsblog NYC)

Streetsblog NYC: Opinion: Fake Plates are Hiding in Plain Sight on Facebook, Yet Authorities Do Little . “For a certain kind of person, license plates are a pain. If you want to drag race, leave the scene of a crash, avoid bridge tolls, park illegally, or ignore speed cameras, license plates mean you can get busted. That’s where fake temporary tags come in. These paper license plates are almost totally unregulated. The NYPD is well aware of the problem — Det. Thomas Burke appeared on NBC News last year to say that the plates even facilitate drive-by shootings. The Port Authority, according to that report, complained to eBay and Craigslist, asking them to quit selling fake tags. But today, the market has moved to Facebook Marketplace and fellow Meta app Instagram.”

Sacramento Bee: She sold fake COVID vaccine cards on Facebook — two to undercover trooper, NY cops say

Sacramento Bee: She sold fake COVID vaccine cards on Facebook — two to undercover trooper, NY cops say. “Kaiyah S. Heinrich, of Cheektowaga, appeared in court on the charge of one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument on March 28, the office said in a news release provided to McClatchy News. She’s accused of selling the pair of fake cards to the undercover investigator on March 10.”

Reuters: Facebook, Instagram are hot spots for fake Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel

Reuters: Facebook, Instagram are hot spots for fake Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel. “Facebook owner Meta Platforms is struggling to stop counterfeiters from pushing fake luxury goods from Gucci to Chanel across its social media apps, according to research and interviews, as the company barrels into ecommerce.”

Associated Press: Marine reservist, nurse charged with fake vaccine card scam

Associated Press: Marine reservist, nurse charged with fake vaccine card scam. ” A Marine Corps reservist who was charged in last year’s riot at the U.S. Capitol also schemed with a nurse to steal, forge and sell hundreds of fake coronavirus vaccination cards and destroy vaccine doses to fake inoculations, federal authorities said Thursday. Sgt. Jia Liu, 26, was released on $250,000 bond to home detention with an ankle monitor after a court appearance Thursday. Nurse Steven Rodriguez, 27, was released on $100,000 bond.”

Washington Post: American University unknowingly distributed counterfeit KN95 masks, officials confirm

Washington Post: American University unknowingly distributed counterfeit KN95 masks, officials confirm. “American University began distributing new KN95 masks on campus Monday after learning an initial batch of face coverings handed out by the school recently were counterfeit, officials said.”

Long Island Nurses Make $1.5 Million in Fake Vaccine Card Scam: DA (NBC New York)

NBC New York: Long Island Nurses Make $1.5 Million in Fake Vaccine Card Scam: DA. “Two nurses working on Long Island are accused of forging official COVID-19 vaccination cards and entering the information into New York’s statewide database — a scheme that allegedly brought in over $1.5 million. The district attorney in Suffolk County announced Friday the arrests of Julie DeVuono, 49, and Marissa Urrao, 44, who worked at Wild Child Pediatric Healthcare in Amityville. DeVuono was the its owner and operator, the DA said.”

WIVB: Fake vaccine cards used at Bills playoff game land felony charges for West Seneca couple

WIVB: Fake vaccine cards used at Bills playoff game land felony charges for West Seneca couple. “A West Seneca couple that allegedly used fake vaccine cards to attend the Bills-Patriots playoff game at Highmark Stadium earlier is month is now facing felony charges for their actions. Michael and Amber Naab, 34 and 37, were arraigned Tuesday night in Orchard Park Town Court and charged with one count each of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a Class D felony.”

Popsugar Fitness: How to Make Sure Your COVID Test Isn’t Fake

Popsugar Fitness: How to Make Sure Your COVID Test Isn’t Fake. “While free at-home COVID tests from the government should be arriving soon, you may still need to buy tests more frequently due to the surge of the Omicron variant. Just like fake N95 masks exist, so too do fake at-home COVID tests. Here’s how to ensure what you’re buying is an actual (and reliable) COVID test.”

New York Times: 12 Signs You Have a Fake N95, KN95, or KF94 Mask

New York Times: 12 Signs You Have a Fake N95, KN95, or KF94 Mask. “The highly contagious Omicron variant has sent us on a mad dash for more-protective masks, such as N95s, KN95s, and KF94s. And along with that comes the nagging concern over being duped by counterfeiters. At best, fake respirator masks are just a waste of money. At worst, they give those who need protection most a potentially dangerous false sense of security.”