HK Customs arrests 7 for selling fake clothes, shoes, handbags online
Customs officers arrested seven persons after they allegedly sold counterfeit clothes, shoes, and handbags online.
In a statement on June 24, the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department said it conducted operation “Eagle Web” against the suspects and confiscated 236 items with an estimated market value of about $110,000.
“During the operation, Customs officers arrested one man and six women, including four shop owners and three salespersons, aged from 23 to 64,” the statement read.
Customs said it detected and analysed “Internet infringing activities using the big data analytics system.”
Its investigation showed that there were shops “doing promotion through popular Internet platforms” but selling fake goods.
“They claimed Japanese and Korean fashions were available for sale but in fact the sale products were mingled with counterfeit goods,” Customs said.
“Some shops even alleged that their goods were sourced overseas by the shop owners in person in order to gain the customers’ trust,” it added.
After further investigation, Customs officers raided six shops in Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Kwai Chung and the arrested the suspects.
Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any person who sells or possesses for sale any goods with a forged trademark 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 infringing activities to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (firstname.lastname@example.org).