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Hong Kong Customs arrests online seller suspected of supplying diamond pendant with false trade description

25 October 2022


Hong Kong Customs yesterday (October 24) arrested a woman suspected of supplying a diamond pendant with a false trade description through an online platform, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO).

Customs earlier received information alleging that an online seller was suspected of selling a fake diamond pendant through an online platform. After investigation, it was confirmed that the diamond pendant was fake. Customs officers therefore took enforcement action yesterday and arrested a 44-year-old woman suspected to be connected with the case.

An investigation is ongoing and the arrested woman has been released on bail pending further investigation.

Customs reminds traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO. Consumers should be cautious with online shopping and should procure products at reputable shops. Particularly when purchasing diamond ornaments, they should pay attention to whether the product has a diamond grading and identification certificate.

When making online purchases, consumers should pay attention to the goodwill of the online companies or merchants. They are also reminded to contact trademark owners or traders for enquiries in case of doubt.

Customs has all along been concerned about illegal online sales activities, and appeals to consumers that they should stay vigilant in regard to online shopping. They should not purchase items with unknown sources and unusual prices offered at suspicious websites or social media platforms to prevent any losses that may be incurred.

Under the TDO, any person who applies a false trade description to goods or supplies goods with a false trade description in the course of trade or business commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

Members of the public may report any suspected violations of the TDO to Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

 

Ends/Tuesday, October 25, 2022

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