amazon
Snuggie Maker Sues Amazon Over Counterfeit Blankets

Allstar Marketing Group—makers of the Snuggie (you know, the blanket with sleeves!)—is suing Amazon over trademark infringement because of all the Snuggie counterfeits that litter the online marketplace. Read More >>

movies
The Business Behind Fake Hollywood Money

In late 2000, the producers and crew for action flick Rush Hour 2 gathered at the now-defunct Desert Inn in Las Vegas and prepared to blow up a casino. The scene, which pitted policemen and Secret Service agents against a counterfeiter attempting to launder $100 million in superdollars, was to culminate with hundreds of thousands of fake bills floating through the air. Read More >>

money
Here’s the Reason Why You Can’t Photocopy Money

If you have ever attempted a life as a counterfeiter, or done a stupid school project where you tried to print your own money, you already know this: you can’t make a proper copy of any type of paper money, no matter the denomination. So, as we in Britain welcome the new style plastic £5 note, which is apparently harder than ever to fake, let's take a quick look back at this clever tech. Read More >>

crime
Beware of This iMessage Spam Campaign Peddling Fake Oakleys

The security research firm Cloudmark issued a sweeping warning about iMessage spam this week. Apparently, the cost of straight up sending regular text messages is encouraging spammers to use Apple's free service. And while they seem to only be going after affluent people in major US cities hard right now, they might spread out. Read More >>

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Why Fake Apple Chargers Totally Suck

So your iPad charger goes kaput, and you aren't so keen on giving a pretty penny to Apple (yet) again. It can't be that bad to buy a cheapo one online right? It even looks exactly like real Apple charger! But then it heats up like a burning coal and stops working after a couple weeks—because it's a real piece of crap inside. Read More >>

crime
If You Need a Fake Passport Head to Jersey, Where it’s Legal to Make One… For Now

Here's a weird pub quiz question for you -- where can you currently fake up a passport and not get in trouble? Answer: In Jersey, where, for some odd historical reason, the laws have never been updated to make the mocking up of passports illegal. Read More >>

gadgets
Chinese Counterfeiters Don’t Knock-Off Wearable Tech, No One Wants Them

When you've got a hit, somebody's gonna try to rip it off. The rule is almost universal, applying to erotic fiction books the same way it applies to iPhones. Read More >>

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A Look Inside Afghanistan’s Almost-Apple Store

Fake Apple stores are nothing new. China has a slew of them, all polished and shiny, appearing almost as if they are the genuine article at a glance. Quartz dug up some details on Afghanistan's (fake) Apple store, and though it's a bit more frumpy than most, it still gets the job done. Read More >>

uncategorized
Yep, Chinese Lightning Connector Knock-Offs Work Just Fine

Now that Apple's shoved some security chips in its iDevice Lightning connectors it can pretty much charge what it likes for cables and accessories. Thankfully, nothing stops Chinese ingenuity. And yes, £3 Chinese knock-offs work just fine, so Apple can go stuff it's £15 Lightning cable. Read More >>

china
Don’t Buy an iPhone 5 Dock Because It’s a Chinese Scam

Apple doesn't make a standup dock for the iPhone 5, which sucks. Normally we'd turn to our friends in China to do what Apple can't (or won't), but in this case, no: purported Lightning docks are complete broken fakery. Read More >>

booze
New British Booze Tricorder Can Tell You That Vodka’s Not Really Smirnoff

Apparently the UK is battling with counterfeit booze at the moment. I can’t say I’ve noticed any knock-off Gordon’s floating around, apart from the so-close-it’s–almost-copyright-infringement own brands from the supermarkets that is. Still, boffins from the University of Leicester have come up with a hand-held booze scanner that’ll detect the dodgy stuff without even having to open the bottle. Read More >>

Cyber police
police
Police Knock 2,000 Counterfeiting .co.uk Domains Offline

The Met's cyber-coppers have knocked 2,000 UK-registered domain names off the net for selling counterfeit goods and ripping off consumers. The police worked with Nominet, the governor of all things .uk, to suspend the addresses. Read More >>

booze
Whisky + Lasers = a Glass Full of Awesome

You know what's great? Really good scotch whisky. You know what's not great? Fake scotch whisky. Worry not. Researchers at St. Andrews University have figured out how to test your whisky's authenticity by shooting it with lasers. Mmm, whisky-lasers... Read More >>