If someone started selling fake Pokemon cards, how much trouble can they get in? I've been seeing it via the Internet, where people have been doing this. They put their addresses up and the money is sent via mail. What would need to happen for law enforcement to get involved. If someone who was scammed goes to the police, will they be taken seriously? Would the Pokemon company have to file some sort of claim or lawsuit?
Generally speaking it is illegal to sell counterfeit trademarked documentsor items. If you suspect you have been scammed, contact the police. The police will determine whether to investigate and see charges. You can also contact the office of the Attorney General. Online scams are common and difficult to investigate and proof.
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Infringing on someone's trademark or copyright is a federal offense and is usually prosecuted by the US Attorney's Office. In the process, they can send US Marshals to the location to seize the counterfeit items. You could try to bring it to the attention of the US Attorney's office or you could alert the company that holds the Pokemon trademark about the counterfeit items and see if they have the resources to contact the appropriate authorities.
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