As the holiday shopping season approaches, Attorney General Jim Hood is reminding Mississippians about the dangers associated with buying counterfeit goods.
“Almost everyone wants a good deal and wants to save money, but buying counterfeit poses serious health and safety risks, not to mention loss of revenue to businesses,” said Hood. “As parents, we need to set the example for our children and explain to them the consequences of buying counterfeit products.”
Selling counterfeit goods is a crime. Anyone caught illegally selling, falsely representing or creating counterfeit goods, can face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Mississippi consumers can report the suspected sale of counterfeits by visiting the Mississippi Intellectual Property Crime Center, created by the Attorney General, at mipcc.ago.state.ms.us/
A copy of the Attorney General Office’s new brochure (Designer Jeans Dirt Cheap? Think Twice Before You Buy), created by a high school student and intended to reach young people, can be found at www.agjimhood.com.
“We must recognize counterfeits for what they are,” said Hood. “They are a serious danger to our personal, financial and societal well-being.”