It’s a billion dollar plus industry: online fakes. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the rise of e-commerce is bringing more internet scams. Now, instead of being considered an underground or secondary market, these counterfeit products are hiding in plain sight.

IN DEPTH: Read GAO report on online fakes

Craig Crosby of The Counterfeit Report says, “There is a real risk if you have to ask yourself, ‘Is this item authentic?’ I would shop elsewhere.”

From tech gadgets to cosmetics, companies hire The Counterfeit Report to search the internet for fakes. Crosby says an effective way to spot a fake is checking to see if they exist in the manufacturer’s official product line. (Read the full story)

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