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Beware of illegal designer brand items sold on Facebook

If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. This old saying turns out to be very true on Facebook.

Stroll down a sidewalk in New York, or any huge city, and you’ll run across street-peddlers selling inexpensive, but very fake, and very illegal, knock-off, designer merchandise. The lure, of course, is cheap prices. But it’s illegal, because you just can’t sell fake Rolex watches, Gucci tracksuits or Nike running shoes, and pay nothing to Gucci, Nike and Rolex. It’s stealing.

The U.S. Secret Service seizes billions in fake merchandise every day. Still, the stuff gets through.

Amazon also has an ongoing problem with counterfeit goods. Click or tap here to find out.

A growing path to consumers turns out to be Facebook, with sellers using an eBay-type Facebook feature to sell fake goods. Not only is it against the law, it’s against Facebook’s own policies. Facebook is silent on this.

Just remember, if you buy the fake items, you are participating in the theft.

Bonus: Hear about fake goods on Amazon Marketplace in this Tech News Today podcast:

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