ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Brand and Consumer Protection (BCP) Program has several areas of focus:
- Preventing the spread of counterfeit goods that are impacting consumers and supply chains;
- Supporting pharmaceutical manufacturers in the prevention and spreading of counterfeit drugs, diverted APIs and other potential threats to the sector;
- Assisting the retail sector in combating various national and international threats;
Counterfeit merchandise is a serious threat for the nation in terms of economic stability, public safety, and national security. The NCFTA partners with industry and the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (NIPRC) to share information and provide actionable intelligence on individuals/groups involved in the distribution of counterfeit merchandise.
An estimated $1.8 billion USD a year in fraud is perpetrated by criminals using stolen credit cards, debit cards, and other login credentials for the purchase of various goods online. The NCFTA provides a forum for participants from both industry and law enforcement to share information and build actionable intelligence relative to such incidents and thus combat this ongoing threat.
BCP has EIGHT lines of effort:
The Auto initiative identifies suspects who leverage internet sources to advertise and disseminate counterfeit auto components, specifically airbags, brake pads, wheels, and other parts that could entered into the supply chain and cause bodily harm or death. The NCFTA collaborates with major automotive manufacturers and federal law enforcement agencies to share intelligence and deconfliction on suspects of interest.
The DRDC (Defense Research & Development Canada) initiative facilitates collaboration between the NCFTA and the Canadian public and private sector to investigate cyber events related to Canada and to enhance the cyber-forensics capabilities of Canada.
The e-Commerce initiative is a combined effort of partners to combat issues related, but not limited to, organized retail crime, reshipping, social engineering, account takeover, and refund fraud schemes. Our Retailers Against Online Fraud (RAOLF) listserv is a platform which allows for information sharing among retailers, e-Commerce companies, financial institutions, and law enforcement in order to identify overlap in tools, techniques, and trends observed by partners. Additionally, NCFTA retail analysts assist partners in monitoring underground marketplaces facilitating the sale of compromised credentials.
The Fakes initiative focuses on the sale of retail goods and the physical distribution of counterfeit merchandise sold via the Internet which costs the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars annually. NCFTA partners with industry, the IPR Center, and law enforcement to share information and provide intelligence on criminals who profit from the sale of counterfeit goods. Some of the most common counterfeit goods include automotive parts, consumer electronics, cosmetics, DVDs, jewelry, medical devices, purses, and wearing apparel.
The Internet Fraud Alert (IFA) system is a free service which alerts on compromised credentials found stolen online. Stolen credentials include credit/debit cards, email accounts with accompanying passwords or hashed passwords, and user login accounts with respective passwords or hashed passwords. Cyber criminals use stolen credit and debit credentials to launder money through the purchase of legitimate goods. For more information or to enroll in IFA, please contact the IFA team at IFA-Management@ncfta.net.
The New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) initiative brings together US, Australian, British, and Canadian law enforcement and other government entities to combat dark web and clearnet cyber vendors and manufacturers of fentanyl, opioids, and psychoactive substances by identifying and monitoring their cyber activities.
The Pharmaceutical Fraud Initiative (PFI) provides law enforcement and private industry with accurate and reliable intelligence reports on individuals and organizations that financially profit from illicit pharmaceutical-related activity. NCFTA’s partnership across industries enhances analysts’ ability to identify overlapping data and provide partners with information leading to attribution, which has resulted in active law enforcement investigations, product seizures, and the disruption of networks involved in illegal activity.
The Tobacco initiative is a dedicated effort for PMI that identifies and investigates global counterfeiters of PMI branded cigarette products. NCFTA develops actionable intelligence that identifies suspect companies and individuals, organized criminal networks, tracking and tracing techniques, and exploitation of loopholes in trade regulations.