Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) say last week they seized 10 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit high-end carbon bike frames, apparel and cycling shoes.
Officials say they also identified PayPal accounts used by the infringing websites and are targeted more than $90,000 in proceeds received through those accounts.
Here's the list of Houston domain names seized:
The seized domain names are now in the custody of the U.S. government. Visitors typing those domain names into their web browsers will now find a banner that notifies them of the seizure.
Houston HSI special agents worked closely with companies that manufacture cycling products to include Specialized and INVISTA (owners of the COOLMAX® and LYCRA® brands).
The agency says the counterfeit items can cause serious injury, and sales of such items not only harm a company's reputation but threaten American jobs.
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