Man caught in Surat with fake goods worth Rs 7.61 lakh

A man who was in the business of selling fake detergents, masalas, shampoos, and soaps was arrested by police from Dindoli area of Surat.

The police seized different types of fake goods worth Rs 7.61 lakh from his godown.

Police said that they will request the court to remand him in their custody for maximum period to actually know how for long he has been into the business of selling fakes and also know about the source.

Dindoli police said that Pukhraj alias Prakash Kalal, 47, was involved in the sale of readymade soaps, detergents, etc. The products were cheap counterfeits of famous branded products that he used to sell to retailers.

The menace of fake products came in the light when Dharmesh Panwala, who had a shop in Chauta Bazaar found something wrong with more than 1,000 such 8gm packets supplied to him by Kalal. He registered a police complaint against Kalal on January 1. After the complaint, police raided Kalal’s godown and found items worth Rs 7,61,029 of different brands. Police also verified the genuineness of the product with different company officials and found out that the products were fake.

A police officer said that they had arrested the accused for cheating and under the copyright act. He also said that they also determine about the supply source and chain of supply.

According to ASPA (Authentication Solution Providers Association), the overall value of counterfeiting in India has reached to a large amount of 1 lakh crore annually.

Counterfeiting badly affects manufacturers, buyers, and government thus hampering the overall economic growth of the country.

Source: TOI

Ahmedabad police recovers 2026 counterfeit notes from 15 banks

Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Ahmedabad city police recently recovered 2,026 counterfeit currency notes with an overall value of Rs 7,76,320 deposited in 15 private and nationalized city banks.

Quite surprisingly, even torn currency notes and children’s notes were found from the banks.

According to SOG, it is a routine process undertaken every three months in which banks hand over the fake currency deposited in their banks by different customers.

However, the strange thing is that nobody has been caught by the agency despite gathering CCTV footage from the banks.

According to a complaint lodged by the SOG, 235 fake notes of Rs 2,000 denomination were found by them.  Similarly, the cops found 282 notes of Rs 500, 185 of Rs 200, 1,129 of Rs 100, 187 of Rs 50, two of Rs 20 and three of Rs 10.

According to a report published by RBI, “Counterfeit notes in the new design of Rs.500 which was introduced in 2016, increased by 121.0 percent, while for Rs.2000, it increased by 21.9 percent during 2018-19 as against the previous fiscal.

Source: Times of India

Hyderabad police arrests person for duping people with fake mobile phones

Police officials recently arrested a person who used to sell fake mobile phones to people. The accused used to lure gullible people under the guise of selling mobile phones and later replaced them with glass replicas.

After getting to know about the incident police in the locality of Abids got into action and nabbed the person. The 33-year old accused person has been identified as Md. Sameer.

According to police officials, the accused had informed the complainant Rohit Singh that he was from Haryana and had lost his wallet. He was in urgent need of money and therefore wanted to sell his mobile. To make it look convincing the accused also showed his purchase bill.

Seeing it as a lucrative offer, the victim expressed the willingness to buy the mobile. However, the accused after taking the money handed over a pouch stating that the mobile phone was inside and later disappeared from the location.

Moreover, the accused in some cases replaced the phone in the pouch with another glass object resembling it.

In his confession statement, the accused revealed that he had committed similar crimes in Bangalore, Kochi, and Chennai. The accused was earlier arrested by the Chennai police.

The incidents of fake mobile phones have increased in large numbers, earlier in the month of December authorities confiscated fake Xiaomi phones worth 13 lakh in Karol Bagh New Delhi.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

The close link between counterfeiting and organized crime

Counterfeiting is growing at a fast pace across the world. Different reports show disturbing figures related to counterfeiting.

According to Global Brand Counterfeiting Report, “The amount of total counterfeiting globally has reached 1.2 Trillion USD in 2017 and is bound to reach 1.82 Trillion USD by the year 2020 which includes counterfeiting of all equipment/products from defense equipment’s to counterfeiting of watches.”

The report also states that losses incurred by luxury brands because of the sale of counterfeiting through the internet accounted for 30.3 Billion USD.

A report by OECD states that trade in fake goods is 3.3% of the world trade.

Link between counterfeiting and criminal activities

The above-mentioned figures clearly point towards the high growth of counterfeiting over the last few years, however, counterfeiting has also led to the growth of other criminal activities.

Many organized criminals deal in the sale of counterfeit goods as it is a lucrative business and there are less severe punishments to deal with it. With the penetration of the internet in far-flung places, criminals are making huge profits by selling counterfeits in the e-commerce space.

So, what do these criminals do with the money made by selling counterfeit goods? In most cases, they use it to fuel other criminal activities like human trafficking, illegal arms trade, drug trade, and even terrorism.

One can remember the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France in which many people died. The gruesome attacks were carried out by selling fake sneakers. Many international organizations have established a close link between counterfeiting and other criminal activities.

Conclusion

Counterfeiting is a growing menace across the world. The crime promotes other heinous crimes and the vicious cycle continues without an end. However, counterfeiting can be prevented by increasing consumer awareness, strict implementation of regulatory measures and ensuring the use of anti-counterfeiting solutions.

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Counterfeit watches worth around Rs 37 lakh seized in Noida

In a recent case of counterfeiting, three men were arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit versions of popular branded watches. The Noida police busted a racket of counterfeiters with 12,000 fake branded watches.

The police arrested the accused in phase 3 police station are after a tip-off by an employee of an IT firm. The police recovered around 12,600 watches from the accused.

According to a police spokesperson the accused would paste forged logos of Titan and Fastrack on low-quality watches and sold them in the market.

The total value of counterfeit watches recovered by the police is worth Rs 37.80 lakh. The accused have been identified as Shivkumar Singh a native of Farrukhabad district in U.P and Nitin Gupta and Mandeep Narula from Delhi.

The police officials also said that all the accused have been charged under section 63 of the copyright act, which leads to imprisonment for not less than six months and may be extended up to three years along with a fine amounting not less than Rs 50,000 or up to 2 lakh.

Source: PTI

UK authorities seize fake Gucci, Burberry, Nike & Apple goods before Christmas

In a recent drive against fake products, border police officials in UK seized thousands of imitation products originating from China. The total value of seized products is estimated to be around £3mn.

Last month, officials confiscated 1,300 scarves which were allegedly being sold by brand names like Chanel, Burberry, and Gucci. Fake scarves with an overall value of £904,775 were confiscated at the London Gateway Port. In addition, counterfeit North Face jackets, Levi t-shirts, and Lyle & Scott jumpers were confiscated from the same site.

In the area of Milton Keynes, hundreds of fake bags of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Versace, duplicate sneakers of Converse and Nike were seized by the authorities. Almost £300,000 worth of bedding marked with the Gucci, Chanel, and Versace logos have been seized at the same centre, as have £778,000 of fake Beats and Apple headphones. Also, more than 200 Estee Lauder skincare sets have also been confiscated at Heathrow Cargo.

In order to check the sale of counterfeit products border, police officials check the product’s genuineness with the brand owners. Any product found to be fake is destroyed after which the right holders decide whether to pursue a private prosecution against the importers or not. Commenting on the incident Security Minister Brandon Lewis said, “People who deliberately buy fake products are supporting serious and organized criminals.”

Source: news.sky.com

Cisco wins injunction against fake Chinese counterfeits

Cisco Systems the American multinational technology conglomerate won a temporary injunction against four Chinese companies that were counterfeiting its transceivers.

The case against Chinese companies was filed in a federal court in New York. It was mentioned in the suit that the counterfeit gear threatened U.S national security and health systems because they were not secure and would fail frequently.

Cisco’s transceivers are used in networks to pass data involving corporate data centers, hospitals, and military bases. The injunction would stop Amazon and Alibaba Group Holding from selling phony devices.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “Cisco is trying to use the ruling to motivate other suppliers to build an industrywide effort to curb the sale of fakes.” The injunction targeted four Chinese manufacturers namely Shenzhen Tianheng Network, Gezhi Photonics Technology, Shenzhen Sourcelight Technology, and Dariocom.

According to a San Francisco based consultancy, “The four Chinese companies account for more than half of the fake transceiver market.”  An industry report states that the global transceiver market is estimated at around $7 billion in 2018. As per counterfeit experts, the counterfeits account for around 5% or more of the tech equipment sales.

Besides freezing fake Cisco products on Alibaba, Amazon, and eBay, “the injunction also freezes assets owned by Chinese companies.” The duplication of Cisco products goes back to the year 2003 hen the company took action against Huawei for counterfeiting its router software. Later the patent infringement suit was dropped but later Huawei admitted that some software was copied from Cisco.”

In 2010, the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security confiscated worth $143 million of fake Cisco networking gear manufactured in China.” In the recent case engineers from Cisco tested transceivers from the four companies and determined they were fake.

Source: ETcentric.org

 

Man orders iPhone on Flipkart, gets a counterfeit instead

In the last few years, counterfeiting on e-commerce portals has grown manifolds. The internet is flooded with all kinds of fake and substandard goods. In a recent incident of counterfeiting, a Bengaluru based man received a fake iPhone instead of iPhone 11 Pro that he ordered on Flipkart.

According to International Business Times, Rajani Kant Kushwah ordered iPhone 11 Pro on the famous e-commerce website Flipkart. He made a payment of Rs 93, 900 after a discount expecting that the phone would be delivered without any hassles. However, when he received the phone, he was shocked to know that the phone was a counterfeit.

As per IBT, Kushwah got a counterfeit iPhone with a sticker of the iPhone 11 Pro triple camera setup affixed on the back of the phone.

The counterfeit phone delivered to Kushwaha looks exactly like the phone he had ordered. However, on looking closely one can distinguish between the two. The counterfeit version has the camera lenses and the rear camera module highlighted through a silver lining, however, the rear camera module in iPhone 11 Pro softly blends into the back, making it appear like a single unit.

Rajani Kant said that he got the wrong phone on which the iOS was not running, moreover, it had android apps mixed with the phone’s system. Thereafter, he contacted Flipkart regarding the matter, after which the company assured him that the phone would be replaced soon.

In a similar incident last year, a Mumbai based man ordered iPhone 8 on Flipkart for which he made a payment of Rs 55,000 online. However, he got a detergent bar in the delivery box.

Source: Indiatoday.in

Police seizes fake water filters in Bengaluru

In the city of Bengaluru, poor drinking water quality and growing anxiety levels among the people, are being exploited by those selling counterfeit water filters.

Recently, the Bangalore Police raided shops selling water purifiers and accessories and discovered fake replacement filters sold with the logo of a popular brand. A police official said that most households are installing filters due to the fear of poor quality of water. Fake operators are taking advantage of this situation and are selling fake reverse osmosis filters.

A shop keeper in JP Nagar has been arrested for allegedly stocking ordinary filters, membranes and other spare parts with the logo of a popular brand. The police also seized fake stickers of Kent water filters along with 19 kits. Each comprised of RO membrane, carbon filter, sediment filter, post-carbon filter and UF membrane.

Commenting on the seizure, a Kent RO spokesperson said that fake products are harmful to the consumers as they do not remove contaminants effectively. Officials said that a fake filter usually weighs lighter as it is made of cheap quality and urged to buy water filters from authorised dealers only.

Source: Times of India

Anti-counterfeiting solutions for pharma

Adulteration and fraudulent manufacture of medicines have been prevalent for quite some time now; the situation has only aggravated owing to technological developments and sophisticated methods of duplication.

To add to the problem, current regulations in developing countries do not account for illicit manufacture, trade, and consumption of counterfeit medicine.

Global trade has made this an international problem. Here are some facts which highlight the problem.

  • Fake drugs kill more than 250,000 children a year. (Source: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene)
  • In developed nations such as the US and Canada, about 1 percent of drugs sold are counterfeit. (Source: WHO IMPACT!)
  • Around 20% of all drugs sold in the Indian market are counterfeit. (Source: US Trade Representative Office Annual Report)
  • Fake drugs cost local economies between US$10bn and US$200bn a year. (Source: The Guardian)
  • Many fakes originate in China and India and have been found to contain everything from lead paint, printer cartridge ink, talc, brick dust, ground up drywall, and arsenic. (Source: Pfizer Spot the Fake Media Sheet)
  • Lifestyle drugs, such as Viagra, dominate the market for counterfeit medicines.

Illegitimate drugs are detrimental to the health of consumers often leading to liver & kidney failure and, ultimately, death. Additionally, counterfeit drugs can wreak havoc on a company’s profits causing them to suffer from irreparable damage to their brand reputation.

Anti-counterfeiting solutions can play an important role in the prevention of counterfeiting of drugs, preventing losses to a company’s revenue and reputation. Most importantly anti-counterfeiting solutions help in saving the lives of innocent consumers who unwittingly fall into the trap of buying fake drugs.

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