MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fifteen locally-based websites were among the 150 shut down in a pre-holiday crackdown targeting sites selling counterfeit and pirated merchandise.

According to the Department of Homeland Security and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the sites were seized in anticipation of Cyber Monday, which is thought of as one of the most significant online shopping days of the year.

“For most, the holidays represent a season of good will and giving, but for these criminals, it’s the season to lure in unsuspecting holiday shoppers,” said ICE Director John Morton. “The illicit profits made from these types of illegal ventures often fuel other kinds of organized crime.”

The domains that were seized are currently being held by the federal government.

Since the departments began targeting sites selling illegal materials, the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center has seized about 350 domain names.

Comments (7)
  1. ohoh says:

    What a surprise, the state with the greatest amount of voter fraud has 10 percent of online crime in the nation.

    1. Hey ohoh says:

      So specifically., out of 2.9 million Minnesotans who voted in the 2008 election there were about 113 prosecutions for voter fraud.

      No doubt they all voted Obama too, right?

      1. Hey Hey ohoh says:

        So if there were 7,698 convictions for driving while intoxicated in Minnesota last year, people drove drunk a total of 7,698 times?


  2. how interesting says:

    What an informative story. Absolutely no details whatsoever.
    Why bother?!

  3. Kevin says:

    I know several immigrants who do this all the time. They go to New York and pick up this garbage…..then sell it to other immigrants in the cities…..got ot love it….MORE IMMIGRANTS PLEASE!!!!!

    1. Capitalism says:

      at its finest.

      Go FreeMarket, go!!

  4. jeff says:

    How about the names of the 15 operations and products they sell. Pretty light on the details. Where is the editor.

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