SAVANNAH, GA (WCBD) – With millions of Americans looking to buy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is cracking down on counterfeit goods.
During a recent sweep of the port in Savannah, officers stopped $7 million worth of phony goods from entering the country.
Some of the items were seized for copyright violations, while others don’t work properly or are just outright dangerous.
Officials say toys, electronics and clothes were taken from criminal suppliers looking for money to support illegal activities. Most of the products came from foreign countries like China.
“In today’s market. the consumer really has to be informed. Do your research. If something seems too good to be true, if you see something being sold at a good price, or in certain types of stores and you see it in a store where it’s not typically sold at – at a price that seems incredible – it’s probably too good to be true,” said Lisa Beth Brown, Savannah Area Port Director.
You can often tell whether something is counterfeit if the logo doesn’t look right or if the quality is poor.