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eBay doing its part to combat jewellery crime
By Sonia Nair
eBay has launched a partnership with the Jeweler’s Security Alliance (JSA) to tackle the increasing spate of jewellery crimes that is taking place on its website.
The online auction site’s tie-up with the US trade association will allow for greater information sharing with the FBI, state and local enforcement agencies. The collaboration is expected to assist authorities in identifying crime rings that are responsible for jewellery thefts in America.
JSA president John Kennedy said, “eBay has invested substantial resources and is making great progress in assisting law enforcement agencies and loss prevention professionals in tracking illegal behaviour”.
“Our partnership will further help stop criminals from fencing their stolen jewellery by providing additional information and expertise so that law enforcement can fight jewellery crime more effectively,” he added.
Paul Jones, eBay’s global director of asset protection, believes the partnership is an important step forward in fighting jewellery crime.
“We will work with law enforcement partners to prosecute those who unlawfully obtain jewellery and abuse the online marketplace to sell the ill-gotten items,” Jones said in a statement.
The two parties have agreed to meet regularly to discuss issues such as how to use new technology to fight crime, such as JSA’s email network and stolen jewellery website.
eBay’s partnership with JSA will support the auction site’s Partnering with Retailers Offensively Against Crime and Theft (PROACT) program that is already in place in America. The program acts as a way for retailers to report evidence of theft to eBay for investigation.
eBay’s stand against criminal activity follows high-profile cases of fraud that have taken place across the world on its website. In Australia, a fake gemmologist operating in Victoria was convicted of deception in June after it was discovered he was selling fake jewellery to eBay customers. Tiffany & Co lost a case against eBay in April after it found out the online auction site was being used to sell knock-off Tiffany & Co products.
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Posted August 23, 2010