Package headed to Texas with $495,000 worth of fake championship rings intercepted in Indianapolis

Consumer Reports

INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Indianapolis seized a shipment last week containing hundreds of counterfeit championship sports rings.

The shipment, which had 330 fake rings, was destined for a store in Texas.

The parcel was flagged for inspection to to irregularities in the shipment and routing information, officials said.

The counterfeit rings were for a mix of MLB, NBA, NFL and college football teams:

  • Los Angeles Lakers (117)
  • Dallas Cowboys (73)
  • Pittsburg Steelers (53)
  • New England Patriots (17)
  • Dallas Mavericks (9)
  • Chicago Bulls (10)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (9)
  • Chicago Bears (10)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (3)
  • St. Louis Cardinals (10)
  • NY Yankees (9)
  • Texas A&M (10)

They were sent to an import specialist for evaluation. The specialist determined the rings were packaged poorly and had a plastic feel.

Had the rings been real, they would have reportedly been worth $495,000.

“Shipments like these prey on the many sports fans across the nation who may be duped into paying high prices for garbage,” said Kerry Carter, Acting Port Director-Indianapolis. “I’m extremely proud of these officers’ determination in stopping illicit shipments, and our commitment to protecting the American economy.”

Officials say the growth of e-commerce over the last five years has led to increasingly competitive purchasing online through international mail.

CBP urges anyone with information about trademark or copyright infringement to file a report with the e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or call 1-800-BE-ALERT.

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