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Consumer Alert

Be wary and wise when shopping on the Internet

What used to be a street-corner-level problem of getting fake Rolexes or copycat Coach handbags has gone global.

Instead of just avoiding the guy on the corner, it’s now a game of making sure you know from whom — and where — you are buying online. Some sites selling fakes are so bad they’re laughable. But, these days, it isn’t all that hard to hijack real product images and even find someone who can write in English well enough to make the site seem legit.

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