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Online shopping has become a huge part of our everyday lives. In fact, 15% of all 2020 retail sales are projected to take place online. Unfortunately, despite their convenience, e-commerce retail platforms also provide fertile ground for counterfeiters because shoppers cannot physically examine the products being sold and shoppers often cannot identify the ultimate seller. Worse yet, online counterfeiting is not limited to fake fashion and luxury goods, but more often involves poor quality or tainted products that endanger the health and safety of the purchaser. Reported incidents of dangerous online counterfeit purchases have included children’s car seats that disintegrate in crashes, engine oils that contain dirt and water, cold medications that are simply sugar pills, and cell phone adapters that can shock or electrocute consumers. Counterfeiting is no longer a sort of comic fakery that only dupes designer bargain hunters. Rather, it has become a real problem for everyday consumers.