Chapter Corner

Brett Brenner & Tom Grace

Deadly Deals: Counterfeits Can Kill

For many, the word “counterfeit” conjures images of knock-off purses and imitation currency. But counterfeiters are opportunistic and have evolved to target industries that can yield the most profit. In response to growing demands and new innovation, the electrical industry has been booming and has also become vulnerable to counterfeiting syndicates. Counterfeiters hope to capitalize on this growing customer base by providing low-cost impersonations of legitimate products. Regardless of whether they are bought knowingly or unwittingly, counterfeit electrical products pose a uniquely dangerous hazard. It is critical that the public is aware of the potentially deadly effects of these products and also how to identify and report them before they can infiltrate the supply chain.