Adding their voice to other consumer interest and safety groups including the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters among others, the Better Business Bureau sent letters to members of the U.S. House and Senate supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT-IP, respectively.
The BBB writes:
“Rogue websites are often designed to deceive consumers into believing they are legitimate by misappropriating trademarks from respected businesses and entities – including the BBB – to foster trust with those who visit the sites. However, these sites are in fact often run by criminals who purvey shoddy fakes that can in many cases endanger consumers’ health and safety. Rogue sites that sell counterfeit medicines, batteries, smoke alarms and brake pads are just a few of the many examples where the criminals who operate them have put consumers at risk.
“Moreover, consumers who share sensitive personal and financial information with these sites are also exposed to an increased risk of falling victim to other malicious online activity such as phishing scams, identity theft, or viruses.”
Read letter to U.S. House
Read letter to U.S. Senate