Most people think of crime as something that's easily noticeable. However, consumer goods company Procter & Gamble recently identified 50 different crime rings that deal in an unexpected market: selling counterfeit laundry detergent. The counterfeit dealers advertise five-gallon buckets of popular brands like Tide for an unbelievably cheap price ... despite the fact that Procter & Gamble doesn't even offer their products in that size!
The criminals behind these operations make their money by buying buckets of fake detergent for about $5 each from counterfeiters before selling them to unsuspecting consumers for up to five times the price. But it's still detergent, right? While it might pass for the real thing by look and smell, they're far from the same quality. When tested, the counterfeit detergents are noticeably less effective than the authentic products. Even scarier is the fact that the chemicals used to make the knock-off detergents aren't easily identified.
The comparatively low risk of peddling these products is a big draw for the people doing it. "These guys are driving around with van loads of this stuff every day like it's nothing. If you made just as much money selling counterfeit Tide as [drugs], what would you choose? The Tide," Lt. Geoffrey Deedrick explained to ABC News.
So, keep your eyes peeled for these five-gallon buckets - they're not real!
H/T: ABC News