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2019 ERAI Reported Parts Statistics

Damir Akhoundov
05/28/2020

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. companies involved in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, announced that the global semiconductor industry posted sales totaling $412.1 billion in 2019, a decrease of 12.1 percent compared to the 2018 total of $477.9 billion unlike the past 2 previous years’ growth trend. The number of nonconforming parts reported to ERAI in 2019 increased 18% in comparison to the previous year. After following the semiconductor sales trend closely for 12 years, we can observe that for the last 3 years, the correlation seems to have been inverted.

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Hundreds of Component Buyers Scammed by Fraudulent Websites

Kristal Snider
05/19/2020

Malicious individual(s) are continuing to use premium Google placement to entice victims into placing orders that require advanced payment for goods which the perpetrators do not intend to ship. To date, ERAI has recorded losses totaling in excess of $500,000.00 and has notified appropriate law enforcement agencies. Organizations around the world and from various industry sectors have been, and continue to be, targets.

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FBI Anticipates Rise in Business Email Compromise Schemes Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

04/06/2020

Fraudsters will take advantage of any opportunity to steal your money, personal information, or both. Right now, they are using the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic to further their efforts.

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New InterCEPT Counterfeit Part Identification Class and Certification Program Launched

02/06/2020

TM-03: Counterfeit Inspection and Testing of Electronic Parts: XRF, Radiography, Decapsulation and Criteria for Acceptance or Rejection

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Search Warrant Served Against Distributor that Shipped Counterfeit Parts to the US Navy

Kristal Snider
01/28/2020

On December 17, 2019, a search and seizure warrant was served at the California home of George Attar a/k/a Emad Al Attar, the CEO of Vizocom ICT LLC, after it was discovered Vizocom had sold the Naval Special Warfare Command (“NSWC”) 450 counterfeit Mastodon antennas, part number MD1008-1710-01, for use by members of the Navy SEALS.

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Business Email Compromise The $26 Billion Scam

10/10/2019

This Public Service Announcement is an update and companion piece to Business Email Compromise PSA 1-071218-PSA posted on www.ic3.gov. This PSA includes new Internet Crime Complaint Center complaint information and updated statistics from October 2013 to July 2019.

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Navigating Around the Supplier Selection Land Mine

Mary Dunham
09/06/2019

While there are dangers from untrained staff, substandard and counterfeit parts, and supply chain disruptions, arguably the most dangerous land mine is an untrustworthy supplier. An organization depends on its suppliers to deliver products on time, at the right price, and in compliance with its quality standards. Choosing the wrong supplier can lead to shipping delays, product returns and poor quality, all of which result in lost time and profit. An organization’s supplier selection impacts an organization as a whole.

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New InterCEPT Certification Programs

Kristal Snider
08/22/2019

InterCEPT has developed two new certification programs designed for individual students in the electronics industry who want to take an extra step to further their counterfeit mitigation knowledge. Counterfeit techniques and, accordingly, detection methods and avoidance best practices are constantly changing and evolving. InterCEPT Certification programs are designed to verify an individual’s technical knowledge and skills and provide recognition to the individual’s commitment to quality.

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Evaluating Risk - The Aftermath of the Rogelio Vasquez Conviction

Kristal Snider
08/02/2019

On May 30, 2019, Rogelio Vasquez, aka “James Harrison”, owner of PRB Logics Corporation, was sentenced to 46 months in a federal prison after pleading guilty to trafficking in counterfeit military goods, trafficking in counterfeit goods, and wire fraud.

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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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