What Lawmakers Are Saying

“Criminal third-party sellers trick consumers into buying counterfeit and hazardous products online. This bipartisan bill provides information so that consumers can distinguish between genuine retailers and frauds in the internet marketplace.”

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)

“Counterfeit and stolen goods sold online threaten the health and safety of the American public and line criminals’ pockets. Consumers deserve to shop with confidence and get what they pay for. The INFORM Consumers Act will give them that confidence by requiring online marketplaces to verify the identity of high-volume sellers. It will protect consumers and legitimate businesses, increase trust in the marketplace, and discourage criminals and fraudsters.”

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

"This pro-consumer legislation enacts uniform, nationwide rules to promote safety, increase transparency, and provide greater accountability for online sales. It will provide a layer of enhanced protections for consumers from stolen and counterfeit goods without adding undue burdens on small mom-and-pop businesses. This bill is a win-win for consumers and legitimate businesses in the online marketplace."

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)

What Other Groups Are Saying

Organizations urge Congressional leadership to include the INFORM Consumers Act in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023:

"This common-sense legislation is critical in helping law enforcement, manufacturers, retailers, and online marketplaces of all sizes work together to protect consumers from bad actors peddling counterfeit and stolen goods. The INFORM Consumers Act will combat these criminal actors by increasing transparency and accountability by requiring sensible verification and disclosure requirements designed to disrupt their ability to sell illicit goods."

New York State Sheriffs' Association:

"Removing the veil of anonymity that allows criminal networks to operate in the shadows will make it harder for these criminals to build an illegal business selling stolen products. Increasing transparency in third-party marketplaces will give law enforcement an additional tool needed to help identify and hold perpetrators accountable and give justice to those harmed."

National Fraternal Order of Police:

"This legislation was developed in a bipartisan way to ensure that American consumers know who is selling the products they purchase online and ensure that buyers have the ability to identify and contact the seller if there is a problem with their product. This bill
creates a solution for a current and pervasive problem in e-commerce—the fact that large numbers of goods sold by third parties on online marketplaces are counterfeit, stolen, or unsafe to consumers."

The Coalition to Protect America's Small Sellers:

"The Inform Act protects consumers against counterfeits and makes online shopping safer, all without harming honest individual sellers and small businesses. It does this by creating strong seller vetting and disclosure requirements while also empowering federal and state consumer protection authorities to go after bad actors online."

Buy Safe America:

“This legislation will improve upon the important working relationship between marketplaces, retailers and law enforcement, and, most importantly, it will also protect small sellers who are providing unique and creative goods to the public,”


"The bill would establish a uniform national standard that sellers could follow to share information about their products, but is structured so as to not expose small sellers to compliance risk. States across the country are increasingly considering versions of the INFORM Act, but rather than allowing for a patchwork of online marketplace regulation to develop, we urge Congress to set practical, national standards for the benefit of online sellers of all sizes."

National Retail Federation:

"The bill will ensure that small businesses can continue to operate online without an undue burden of compliance regulations that will continue to vary state by state without the implementation of a federal, uniform standard."

Business Roundtable:

"The INFORM Act will help keep Americans safe by mandating verification of a seller’s identity as a deterrent to the sale of stolen and fake goods by nefarious criminal networks misusing online marketplaces. Enacting this legislation will also provide law enforcement with additional tools to stop and prosecute these criminal rings from selling illicit goods."

U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

"The bipartisan INFORM Act would increase transparency and identity verification of high-volume third-party sellers in online retail marketplaces while protecting the privacy of small sellers and establishing a uniform federal standard that would provide certainty and consistency for the business community. This legislation would deter retail crime by closing off a prominent avenue by which criminals seek to profit by selling stolen goods, often to unsuspecting customers."