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CBP reminding shoppers to be aware of counterfeit merchandise

Laredo KGNS-TV logo Laredo KGNS-TV 11/25/2020 Justin Reyes
a close up of many items on display: File photo: Counterfeit items seized by CBP © Provided by Laredo KGNS-TV File photo: Counterfeit items seized by CBP

LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) -With the holiday shopping season in full swing, federal agents are reminding consumers to keep an eye out for counterfeit and pirated merchandise especially when shopping online.

Every year, CBP seizes millions of counterfeit goods from countries around the world. The goods include smartphones, accessories, electronics, shoes, clothes, and jewelry.

Customs officials say the best way to prevent being scammed is to make sure you purchase items from legitimate stores or vendors and to always inspect the product before opening it.

And always remember if a deal is too good to be true, it probably isn’t safe.

Those individuals who are caught selling fake merchandise could face a hefty fine and possibly even jail time.

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