(NewsReady.com) – The counterfeit goods industry generates more than $460 billion each year. Most of those items are bought and sold on the internet. Recently, Amazon took action against those who are reportedly selling fake merchandise.
On Thursday, November 12, Amazon filed a lawsuit against two social media influencers who the company says is selling counterfeit luxury goods. The suit alleges Sabrina Kelly-Krejci and Kelly Fitzpatrick partnered with almost a dozen third-party sellers to peddle the items on Amazon. The two internet celebrities reportedly used TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook to promote merchandise.
Amazon sues TikTok and Instagram influencers for allegedly selling fake luxury goods (Steven Melendez/Fast Company) https://t.co/8u2IFpBBEM
— TIN-Amazon News Feed (@TINAmazonNews) November 12, 2020
In addition to the two influencers, Amazon names 11 other businesses and people in the suit based in both China and the US. The defendants are accused of orchestrating a scheme to get around the company’s counterfeit-detection barriers. Then, Fitzpatrick reportedly discussed the scam on her website.
The internet celebrities have not responded to the complaint at the time of this writing.
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