JUNE 2017

HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội Police on Friday launched a criminal investigation into two company directors for trading counterfeit products after police and the Market Watch Division last month confiscated more than 600 water filters illegally labeled “Made in US”. READ MORE>>
  • By Samuel Kamndaya, June 30, 2017, AllAfrica

Dodoma — The Fair Competition Commission (FCC) confiscated fake and sub-standard goods worth a total of Sh18.67 billion during the entire 2016 calendar year, the Parliament has heard. READ MORE>>

MANILA, Philippines — Boxes of fake products are piled at the Manila International Container Port. READ MORE>>

(RTTNews) – Nike Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Parker confirmed reports that it is starting a pilot program to sell some items directly through Amazon.com Inc. In a call with investors on Thursday, Parker said that Amazon would carry a limited Nike product assortment.. READ MORE>>

BEIJING (Reuters) – China denounced a Europol report on Thursday that accused China of being the main source of counterfeit goods in the European Union, calling it “irresponsible” while vowing to continue the crackdown on intellectual property right violations. READ MORE>>

  • By Kali Hays, June 28, 2017, WWD

Chanel is the victor in a multimillion-dollar trademark infringement lawsuit against more than two dozen Amazon sellers allegedly peddling knock-off goods. READ MORE>>

It began as a legitimate venture to distribute 5-hour Energy south of the U.S. border. READ MORE>>

The Anti Counterfeit Collaboration (ACC) Nigeria has said counterfeiting is projected to drain $4.2trillion from global economy. READ MORE>>

At the time of going to print, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) was making headlines in The Times of India for exposing a syndicate that was importing counterfeit goods of premium brands from China. READ MORE>>

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has seized over 70,000 counterfeit vehicle parts in a joint customs operation. READ MORE>>

CropLife Ghana, in collaboration with the Chemical Control Management Centre (CCMC) of EPA and Plant Quarantine Officers of MoFA/PPRSD, has organized a one-day anti-counterfeiting sensitization workshop for agrochemical dealers and importers. READ MORE>>

An operation by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) targeting shipping containers has uncovered thousands of potentially unsafe products, including automotive parts, tobacco and consumer goods. READ MORE>>

The multibillion-dollar industry of sports nutrition is treading along a promising growth path and a number of new companies are making way into the global market for sports nutrition to benefit from the high returns it promises. From majorly being an industry catering to the niche consumer segment of professional sportspeople, the market has successfully ventured into end-use segments such as physical fitness enthusiasts, non-professional body builders, and a number of other less-intense consumer groups pursuing general body fitness and wellness. The market is also witnessing a significant rise in the variety of products that it offers to the target consumers and the mix of ingredients and source of those ingredients have started gaining importance. READ MORE>>

Share of fake goods in ICT imports at 6.5 per cent, well above 2.5 per cent industry average, report finds. READ MORE>>

PATTAYA – A songthaew bus driver was delighted when two foreign tourists paid him what he thought was a hefty tip – and then later found out the foreign banknotes were not genuine. READ MORE>>

  • By Arnold Carreiro, June 25, 2017, PJ Media

It seems like every time something becomes even remotely popular in the Western world, parents are quickly reminded to be on the lookout for cheap Chinese knockoffs, and fidget spinners haven’t bucked this ongoing trend. READ MORE>>

  • By Tom Furley, June 25, 2017, RNZ

Fixing and replacing non-conforming building products could be costing more than $200 million a year, according to new research.. READ MORE>>

  • By Julie Zerbo, June 24, 2017, WWD

The major activewear brands continue to battle it out in courts – with mixed success – while Kering became ensared in a controversy over where its sunglasses are made. READ MORE>>

Meet the woman on the trail of wine counterfeiters behind global frauds worth an estimated £800million. Maureen Downey, dubbed the ­Sherlock Holmes of wine, says old bottles flogged on eBay help fuel the trade. READ MORE>>

  • By Barney Dixon, June 23, 2017, IPPro

Hong Kong, Albania and Panama are among several key transit points for counterfeits entering Africa, the EU and the US, according to the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). READ MORE>>

KAOHSIUNG — More than 6,000 pieces of counterfeit brand-name clothing and footwear were seized in Tainan and Kaohsiung in police raids targeted at markets in those two cities in southern Taiwan, police said Friday. READ MORE>>

More than 158,400 counterfeit auto parts have been seized in a joint operation in Ajman. READ MORE>>

  • By , June 22, 2017, WCNC

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – As the most common refrigerant for air conditioning units becomes more scarce and expensive, counterfeit refrigerants are flooding the market. READ MORE>>

Major Textbook Publishers Sue Follett Over Counterfeit Sales

  • By Sydney Johnson, June 22, 2017, Ed Surge

Three of the country’s largest publishers, Pearson Education, McGraw-Hill Education and Cengage Learning, are suing Follett Corporation, a major textbook distributor, on charges of selling counterfeit textbooks in its stores. READ MORE>>

  • By Jack Flemming, June 22, 2017, LA Times

A federal judge sentenced a husband and wife to prison Tuesday for their parts in a conspiracy to sell millions of counterfeit 5-Hour Energy shots, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. READ MORE>>

LAHORE:  A resolution was moved in the Punjab Assembly, seeking the implementation of the Drug Act 2017 and the launch of an operation against the mafia involved in manufacturing counterfeit medicine. The resolution was moved by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) legislator Nabila Hakim Ali. She demanded the Punjab government devise a mechanism for the renewal of the licences of owners of medical stores. READ MORE>>

Amazon already has an interest in cutting down on third-party sellers who offer counterfeit or knock-off products, but one way for a brand to really get Amazon to care about fakes is for that brand to start selling directly to customers through Amazon. READ MORE>>

SKF India, one of the largest bearings manufacturers in the country, has conducted a number of raids recently as part of its campaign to crackdown on the illicit industry, which is costing SKF an estimated Rs 150 crore ($23m) in lost revenue annually in the local Indian market, and $244m globally. READ MORE>>

Counterfeit Islamic State-themed LEGO sets are being produced and exported out of China, depicting scenes of beheadings and ISIS flags. Some of the sets were discovered on sale in Malaysia after a mother noticed terrorist figures inside her sons LEGO set. READ MORE>>

SEYMOUR, Ind. (WISH) — Indiana State Excise Police officers have seized 2,262 items of counterfeit merchandise from 11 businesses in Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Union counties. READ MORE>>

  • By Staff Reporter, June 21, 2017, CBC News

Ottawa police seized guns, drugs, cash and a “pill press” capable of churning out about 20,000 counterfeit pills an hour during a city-wide drug bust Tuesday. READ MORE>>

Counterfeit goods worth an estimated R4.2 million were confiscated at OR Tambo International Airport over the course of the long weekend, said the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on Tuesday. READ MORE>>

A Brazilian street vendor was shot in the head at point blank range after a dispute between traders and police escalated. Carlos Augusto Muniz Braga, 30, was killed during the confrontation with military police who were investigating the sale of counterfeit goods in west São Paulo.READ MORE>>

  • By Josh Horwitz, June 20, 2017, Quartz

On June 20 Jack Ma took the stage in Detroit in front of thousands of entrepreneurs for Gateway ’17—an event intended to draw US small businesses onto Alibaba with the promise of reaching “one billion Chinese consumers.” READ MORE>>
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the International Falls Port of Entry recently targeted a rail container destined to arrive at the Ranier POE. READ MORE>>
Five words in a recent classified ad revealed that a secondary market for lower-priced diabetes test strips is reaching into the greater Pittsburgh area. READ MORE>>
Government officials are cracking down on the sale of fake merchandise during the Lions tour. READ MORE>>
Fake ‘limited-edition’ Hirst prints were sold online to dozens of buyers by a New York group that included a man previously imprisoned for a similar scheme. READ MORE>>
Counterfeit products worth billions were seized over the weekend by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) in Guiguinto, Bulacan province, north of Manila. READ MORE>>
  • By Anvit Srivastava, June 18, 2017, DNA

Despite ensuring that your vehicles are serviced at authorised dealers, there’s still some bad news. Delhi police officials have uncovered a racket where fake oil filters, air filters, and diesel filters have been fitted onto cars belonging to companies such as Bosch, Mahindra, and Maruti. They have also arrested one man involved in its supply. READ MORE>>>
RIYADH – The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has cautioned the public against the sale and marketing of counterfeit and imitation products through websites and social media networking sites. READ MORE>>>

A dodgy businessman who led a luxury lifestyle has been jailed – after running a large-scale counterfeit designer clothing company. READ MORE>>>

Counterfeit goods are not a new business phenomenon. Academics point to the practice occurring as far back as Babylonian times. Today, the counterfeit trade no longer operates solely through downtown street vendors.The internet has been a major enabler in the sale of counterfeit products, ensuring anonymity and providing access to a global market. READ MORE>>>

After receiving complaints about fake air filters flooding the market, Delhi Police swung into action and arrested one person for selling counterfeit filters having labels of branded products.READ MORE>>>
A new report published by the major French drugmaker Sanofi attempts to show the perceptions of falsified medicines around the world, with warnings for governments and regulators on work still needing to be done tackling online illicit drug sales. READ MORE>>>
The following is a notification from UL that the LED Driver identified below bears a counterfeit UL Mark. This LED Driver has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the LED Driver complies with any safety requirements.  READ MORE>>>
As a result of the last week of overdoses across Middle Georgia, the state is on high alert for street drugs such as counterfeit Percocet. READ MORE>>>
SINGAPORE – Three Chinese nationals were arrested during a four-hour operation against the sale of counterfeit motorcycle parts and accessories on Tuesday (June 13), police said in a statement on Thursday. READ MORE>>>
ELDORET, KENYA: The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has destroyed illegally imported goods worth Sh1 million that had been seized at the Eldoret International Airport. READ MORE>>>
ELDORET, KENYA: The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has destroyed illegally imported goods worth Sh1 million that had been seized at the Eldoret International Airport.READ MORE>>>
Iraqi-born Anwar Mohammed claimed he paid £3,000 to a Polish woman to buy the shop on Gregory Boulevard – and was unaware that illicit goods were stored there, city magistrates heard. READ MORE>>>
Iraqi-born Anwar Mohammed claimed he paid £3,000 to a Polish woman to buy the shop on Gregory Boulevard – and was unaware that illicit goods were stored there, city magistrates heard. READ MORE>>>

A journey through China’s fake gadget markets

  • By Adam Turner, June 14, 2017, Inc.com

If you’re looking for a counterfeit iPhone which dies in your hand then China’s Shanghai is your ultimate shopping destination. READ MORE>>>

Jack Ma Doesn’t Care If Americans Know About Alibaba. He Just Wants Businesses to Try It

  • By Maria Aspan, June 14, 2017, Inc.com

Jack Ma built one of the world’s biggest internet companies without learning how to code. The lead founder and executive chairman of Alibaba taught himself English by offering tours to foreign visitors of his hometown, Hangzhou, in eastern China. That’s where, in 1999, Ma launched Alibaba, which took in nearly $23 billion last year. Now Ma is hoping to expand his U.S. business, especially by encouraging more American companies to sell their goods on Alibaba’s platforms. –As told to Maria Aspan. READ MORE>>>

New York City sues souvenir shop owners selling NYPD counterfeits

The City of New York has sued a souvenir shop selling a range of unauthorised New York police and fire department clothing. READ MORE>>>

Factory using Pepsi logo to make counterfeit cold drinks busted

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) sleuths today busted a factory here making spurious cold drinks and refilling it in bottles with the logo of reputed brands..  READ MORE>>>

Ajman seizes 158,415 counterfeit auto parts

The Department of Economic Development – Ajman’s (DED – Ajman) Directorate Control and Consumer Protection recently seized a total of 158,415 counterfeit car parts from 14 international brands in Al Helio area.  READ MORE>>>

Counterfeit Prescription Drugs Allegedly Sold At Pacoima Store

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Pacoima store faced a lawsuit Monday from city prosecutors for allegedly selling illegal or mislabeled pharmaceutical products. READ MORE>>>

Upstate man admits to selling millions in counterfeit NFL items, officials say

  • By Justine Palis, June 12, 2017, WYFF-4

A Greenville man has pleaded guilty in federal court to trafficking counterfeit sports memorabilia online, according to a release from South Carolina’s U.S. Attorney Beth Drake. READ MORE>>>

Canada’s fight against $20 billion counterfeit market is ‘a joke beyond belief,’ lawyer says

Nine hundred fake iPhones, 28,000 fake NBA jerseys, 1,100 pairs of fake Oakley sunglasses and 12 pairs of fake Calvin Klein boxers — they are among the items detained by the Canada Border Services Agency since 2015 under a new law that aimed to crack down on counterfeit goods flowing into the country. READ MORE>>>

Harder to smoke out counterfeits

On May 20, plain cigarette packaging came into full effect in the United Kingdom, as the one-year grace period for retailers and consumers to adjust to the change ended. The sleek colours found on cigarette packs were replaced by Pantone 448C, a brown-green shade said to be the most visually offensive colour to smokers, to deter them from lighting up. READ MORE>>>

Counterfeit tourism brands harm legitimate travel firms

Nguyen Van My, chair of Lua Viet Tour, said that it was easy to counterfeit products in the tourism sector. My said a client booked a tour to the central region via Lua Viet branch in Nam Dinh province but Lua Viet does not have any branch in Nam Dinh and the firm had not organized tours to the central region at that time. READ MORE>>>

Huge haul of fake designer gear, ‘zombie knives’ and air pistols seized from trader’s home

A huge haul of air pistols, “zombie” knives and fake designer gear was seized from the home of a rogue trader. READ MORE>>>

FAKE ALERT | Beware of counterfeit Black Rhino wheels

With the popularity and price exclusivity of Wheel Gallery’s Black Rhino wheels, faking it is not the sincerest form of flattery. READ MORE>>>

7 Signs You Are Buying a Counterfeit Product

You love the finer things in life — designer clothing, precious jewelry and top-of-the-line electronics — but can’t really afford them at retail price. So you take to the internet or pound the pavement in a sketchy downtown shopping district in search of deep discounts. You, dear reader, are a counterfeit merchant’s dream come true. READ MORE>>>

Stanley Cup Final counterfeit ticket arrests on the rise

  • By , June 9, 2017, WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – With just one home game to go, and hundreds of tickets being exchanged downtown, fake ticket arrests are on the rise. READ MORE>>>

10 jailed after counterfeit detergent factory bust

RIYADH: A criminal court in Riyadh has jailed 10 people for a total of 90 months, after they were convicted of running an illegal factory producing counterfeit detergents. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI) confirmed each convict received a sentence of between six to 18 months and a SR100,000 ($26,700) fine. READ MORE>>>

Jailed: Man behind Singapore’s biggest counterfeit casino chip scam

For cheating the Marina Bay Sands casino of more than a million dollars, Toh Hock Thiam was jailed seven years and four months on Wednesday (June 7). The 55-year-old was the brains behind the operation that was Singapore’s biggest casino chip scam since both casinos opened in 2010. READ MORE>>>

Unknown opioid found in counterfeit pain pills

  • By , June 8, 2017,  CNN

Two synthetic opioids have been found in fake prescription pills suspected to have caused a cluster of overdoses this week in Georgia, including four deaths, according to a statement from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. READ MORE>>>

Wal-Mart Counterfeit Problem

Most analysis of online retail counterfeit sales focuses on the e-commerce giants. That means figures get pointed at Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) and eBay Inc. READ MORE>>>

How to spot a counterfeit smartphone, how to avoid buying a dud

The tech market is filled with so many counterfeits. In this guide we look at ways to tell if that Smartphone, laptop, tablet or gadget is a fake. READ MORE>>>

Medics raise alarm over fake Viagra

-As the country grapples with counterfeit lifestyle medicines, anti-malarial drugs and antibiotics, health experts have raised the alarm over the existence of fake sexual-enhancement drugs. READ MORE>>>

Nine people charged in fake pig vaccine case

  • By Christie Chen and Huang Kuo-fang, June 6, 2017, Focus Taiwan

Taipei, June 6 (CNA) Nine people have been charged in a case involving the supply of fake vaccines to pig farmers, the Yunlin District Prosecutors’ Office said Tuesday. READ MORE>>>

Business Watch: Cryptocurrency rally, a shaky sugar deal and more

  • By Staff Writer, June 6, 2017, Reuters

The United States and Mexico reached a new agreement “in principle” to reduce the share of refined sugar Mexico exports to the U.S. while increasing the share of raw sugar. U.S. sugar producers didn’t endorse the pact, saying it contains a “major loophole.” READ MORE>>>

Thailand: A Fall of Up to 85% in Counterfeit Products

The Thai Ministry of Commerce recently announced that the number of counterfeit products has been reduced by more than 85%. The objective to keep counterfeit products out of the market is now almost reached. READ MORE>>>

Microsoft sues company selling counterfeit Windows software

Microsoft has sued a Florida-based technology company that has allegedly sold counterfeit copies of Windows 7 and 8.1 software. READ MORE>>>

Chinese Factories Fake Shipping Addresses to Sell Counterfeit Air Jordans

Domestic factories in China have reportedly been cheating Chinese consumers who thought they were buying sneakers by Nike and Adidas by generating fake packaging that mimics the brand’s authentic boxes and labels (right down to the foreign shipping addresses). According to the investigative report, published by the official newspaper Beijing Youth Daily on June 4, Nike’s classic Air Jordans are among the frequently copied items at the factories. READ MORE>>>

Textbook publisher steps up campaign against counterfeits

Cengage Learning, one of the world’s largest educational publishers, is stepping up efforts to stem the spread of counterfeit textbooks after finding that more than three-quarters of some online booksellers’ inventory consists of unauthorised copies. READ MORE>>>

Nepalese smuggler held

Motihari (Bihar), June 4 A suspected smuggler from Nepal, carrying a Rs 50,000 award on his head offered by the NIA, was today arrested from a village in Bihar’s East Champaran district, the police said. READ MORE>>>

Fake China, India drugs put Kenyans at risk

A UN study has ranked Mombasa as a major hub for trafficking of fake pharmaceutical and veterinary drugs, putting millions of lives in danger.  READ MORE>>>

Enormous rubber duck in Canada is counterfeit, artist alleges

This is the story of a 61-foot-tall duck that is being called a counterfeit of a different giant duck, which itself is a replica of a beloved bath toy. READ MORE>>>

Football: Italy police score with CL counterfeit swoop

Italian police said on Saturday they had seized more than 250,000 counterfeit t-shirts and other merchandise bearing the logos of Champions League finalists Juventus and Real Madrid. READ MORE>>>

Drug Ring Ran Multi-Million Dollar Counterfeit Pill Operation From Basement

  • By Victoria Kim, June 2, 2017, The Fix

The six-person operation reportedly made nearly $3 million in less than a year selling counterfeit prescription pills on the dark net. READ MORE>>>

Federal homeland security investigators raid counterfeit clothing vendor

  • By Staff Writer, June 2, 2017, FOX29

– Police raided a local business wheeling out boxes of merchandise they say were all fake. FOX 29 was the only station there when police and homeland security investigators moved in. READ MORE>>>

Countdown to .africa domain landrush

With less than 100 hours to go until the end of the .africa Sunrise Phase, .africa domain names will be up for grabs when the .africa landrush phase begins on 5 June 2017. READ MORE>>>