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The Counterfeit-Beauty-Product Crime Wave, and What Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself

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    When Debra Weiss of New York City found a well-known face powder online for half off its normal retail price of $27, she congratulated herself on landing a great deal. "Before I finished my purchase on the brand's website, I did a quick search to see if I could find the products for less elsewhere," she explains of how she tracked down the product. The thrill of the deal kept Weiss from questioning why there was so much discount-priced stock available on the web.

    But once her shipment arrived, she was immediately suspicious. "The container was a bit 'off'—the fonts were uneven on the paper inserts, like something you'd see on a box of no-brand electronics from a sketchy street vendor," says Weiss. "Finally, the makeup had a different look and consistency than the powder I'd previously bought. When I applied the makeup, there was no question. I didn't get a bargain—I paid good money for tinted talcum powder."

Bogus Beauty
The Counterfeit-Beauty-Product Crime Wave, and What Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself
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