Hong Kong Customs detects three cases of selling suspected counterfeit goods involving students (with photo)

2 Sep 2016

Hong Kong Customs detected three cases of online sale of suspected counterfeit goods yesterday (September 1) involving students and arrested four students with seizures valued at about $4,500.

During cyber patrols, Customs uncovered that some sellers offered for sale suspected counterfeit products on social networking and online platforms. Customs officers mounted operations yesterday and arrested three female and one male students, aged from 14 to 21. A total of 24 suspected counterfeit goods, including watches and sports shoes, valued at about $4,500 were seized. The arrested persons were released on bail pending further investigation. Investigation is ongoing.

In 2016, Customs has detected 128 cases of online sale of suspected counterfeit goods so far. The seized goods mainly included clothing, shoes, watches and smartphones. Among the 128 cases, 53 cases involved students. These students used smartphones to sell suspected counterfeit products on social networking or other online platforms.

Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any person who sells or possesses for sale any goods with any forged trademark commits an offence. Upon conviction, offenders are liable to imprisonment of five years and a maximum fine of $500,000.

Customs reminded young people that sale of counterfeit goods is a serious crime and liable to criminal sanctions. Upon conviction, they will have a criminal record which adversely affects their future.

Anyone with suspected counterfeiting activities to report may call the 24-hour Customs Hotline 2545 6182.

Ends/Friday, September 2, 2016

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