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Fact Sheet: DHS is Taking on COVID-19 Related Fraud

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been working nonstop to protect the American people from criminals who are attempting to exploit fear for financial gain.

DHS Releases Report on Combatting Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its first report pursuant to President Trump’s April 3, 2019, Memorandum on Combatting Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods. The first-ever report outlines a series of recommendations and actions that can be taken by both the federal government and industry partners to combat this illicit trade epidemic.

Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

The rapid growth of e-commerce has revolutionized the way goods are bought and sold, allowing for counterfeit and pirated goods to flood our borders and penetrate our communities and homes. Illicit goods trafficked to American consumers by e-commerce platforms and online third-party marketplaces threaten public health and safety, as well as national security. This illicit activity impacts American innovation and erodes the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and workers.

DHS Combats Human Trafficking And Seizes Counterfeit Merchandise During the Super Bowl

As Super Bowl 53 approaches, 25 elements of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with nearly 600 personnel, have been working to support State, local, and private sector security officials ensure a safe and secure event. At the same time, the Department, through Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is on the ground in Atlanta working to combat criminal organizations’ attempts to exploit the event.

Written testimony of ICE for a Senate Committee on Finance hearing titled “Counterfeit Goods & Opportunities for Small Business Exporters in the Digital Age”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center Assistant Director Bruce Foucart addresses ICE’s efforts to combat the illegal importation and sale of counterfeit products, and the threats to public safety and national security that counterfeit products may pose.

Counterfeit American money

Fraud and Counterfeiting

Document and benefit fraud pose a severe threat to national security and public safety. They create vulnerabilities that may enable terrorists, criminals and illegal aliens to gain entry, solicit employment and ultimately remain in the United States.

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