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Fraud Alert- High Risk Websites That Take Your Money and Run

Kristal Snider
06/18/2019

This message is a warning to any organization involved in the purchase of electronic components. ERAI has identified numerous websites run by malicious individuals that are paying for premium placement on Google and require payment in advance for goods but never ship the ordered product. These sites have been set up with the intent to commit fraud.

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Rogelio Vasquez Sentenced to 46 Months’ Incarceration

Anne-Liese Heinichen
05/31/2019

Rogelio Vasquez, aka “James Harrison”, owner of PRB Logics Corporation, has been sentenced to 46 months in a federal prison after pleading guilty to trafficking in counterfeit military goods, trafficking in counterfeit goods, and wire fraud. In addition, Vasquez was ordered to pay $144,000 to the US Government in restitution fees.

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OEM and CM Buyers Targeted in US Based Bait-And-Switch Scheme

Kristal Snider
05/20/2019

This message is a warning to any organization involved in the purchase of electronic components. A man by the name of Nick Martin has created, and/or is affiliated with, numerous companies and websites that fraudulently advertise to have hundreds of thousands of line items of inventory in stock or on consignment when, in fact, the parts are not in stock and consignment agreements appear highly unlikely. It is more likely that, upon receipt of a request for quote, Martin is sourcing untraceable product in the open market, including the Chinese open market. Martin and his co-conspirators require payment in advance but have reportedly either failed to ship the ordered product and failed to refund monies paid in advance, have shipped the incorrect quantity, or have shipped nonconforming parts.

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Supplier Selection, Choosing Wisely

Anne-Liese Heinichen
05/02/2019

In the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Harrison Ford’s character is forced by a Nazi cooperator to find the Holy Grail to save his father from certain death. From a table replete with various different chalices, the evil Nazi incorrectly chooses the most ornate one and subsequently dies. The Crusader knight that has been guarding the Grail admonishes, “he chose poorly”. Indiana Jones picks the simple wooden chalice by intuitively guessing it would be the cup of a carpenter (Jesus) and saves the day. The Crusader knight confirms his choice with, “you have chosen wisely”. Unfortunately, selecting a supplier for your organization is not as cut and dry as in the movies. Recent examples reported by ERAI highlight extra steps that you should take prior to adding a company to your AVL.

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TM-04 Counterfeit Inspection and Testing of Electronic Parts Surface Testing and Criteria for Acceptance or Rejection Class Launched

Anne-Liese Heinichen
03/05/2019

A new class has been added to InterCEPT’s suite of counterfeit inspection and testing of electronic parts study course. TM-04 provides an in-depth discussion of surface testing associated with detecting counterfeit electronic parts. It references both the IDEA 1010B standard and SAE AS6171 requirements for surface inspection. The class includes video footage and images from a test lab to help the student understand how surface testing is performed. Device images are reviewed so that the student can recognize the criteria for acceptance and rejection.

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Fraud Alert- High Risk Websites That Take Your Money and Run

Kristal Snider
02/12/2019

This message is a warning to any organization involved in the purchase of electronic components. ERAI has identified numerous websites run by malicious individuals that are paying for premium placement on Google and require payment in advance for goods but never ship the ordered product. These sites have been set up with the intent to commit fraud. Dozens of victims have come forward sharing nearly identical experiences.

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Independent Distributor Pleads Guilty to Supplying Counterfeits to US Military

Anne-Liese Heinichen
01/24/2019

Independent distributor Rogelio Vasquez, aka Roger Vasquez aka James Harrison, pleaded guilty on December 27, 2018 to knowingly supplying counterfeit parts to the US military including parts that were historically used in military applications including the B-1 Lancer Bomber aircraft. If the counterfeit ICs had been used in the B-1, they, “would have likely caused impairment of the combat operations, or other significant harm to a combat operation because a failure of the counterfeit ICs would impact the B-1’s operational capabilities."

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ERAI Adds New Alert Type - Cybersecurity Risk Alerts

Anne-Liese Heinichen
11/14/2018

In recent months, ERAI has noted an increase in unsolicited emails that contain malicious software attachments. Malicious software, or “malware”, can be used to steal personal and/or corporate information and commit fraud for financial and economic gains by individuals, corporations, criminals, terrorists or governments. ERAI has added a new type of alert to the ERAI database to warn ERAI subscribers of this potential risk.

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Clarifications and Additions to United States Trade Representative Section 301 China Tariffs

Anne-Liese Heinichen
08/09/2018

As a response to China’s “unfair” trade practices related to the transfer of American intellectual property and technology, a 25% tariff went into effect on July 6, 2018. The tariff covers 818 product types, as defined by their corresponding Harmonized Tariff Schedule (“HTS”) codes, manufactured in China and imported into the United States. This article aims to clarify how the tariff is assessed and applied by US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and provides sample scenarios and additional information in a question and answer format.

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SAE Releases "A" Revision to AS6171 Slash Sheet 2

07/11/2018

On October 30, 2016, SAE International released aerospace standard AS6171 in order to standardize "inspection and test procedures, workmanship criteria, and minimum training and certification requirements to detect Suspect/Counterfeit (SC) Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) parts." The standard is intended to be implemented on parts that do not have traceability to the Original Component Manufacturer, on parts that have been purchased from brokers or independent distributors, or parts where the end user is concerned about the potential of suspect counterfeit parts.

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