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20,000 fakes seized in Philippines raids

20,000 fakes seized in Philippines raids

September 23, 2011

Huge numbers of counterfeit HP-branded ink and toner cartridges have been seized in raids in Manila in the Philippines, reports MB.com.

Seized items include 16,656 finished inkjet cartridges and 183 finished toners. 3,237 unfinished inkjets and 613 unfinished toners were also seized, as well as inkjet filling machines and other counterfeiting equipment.

Overall, an estimated 18.4 million Philippine pesos ($421,047/€310,186) worth of fakes were recovered.

The successful raids were conducted by the South East Asia Anti-Counterfeit Team and the National Bureau of Investigation, and led to the arrest of 12 suspected counterfeiters.

HP has placed strong focus on combating the thriving trade of fake HP-branded products around the world. To date, the OEM has seized a total of P32.7 million ($732,256/€539,454) worth of fakes in raids across the Philippines.

Armando Pascual, Country General Manager of the Imaging and Printing Group of HP Philippines, told MB: “HP is committed to provide the best, high quality products to our consumers. We do not want them to be deceived by unscrupulous traders who sell fake inks and toners branded as HP.”

He added that the company was taking active steps to educate its customers on how to spot fakes, in particular looking out for the hologram that marks genuine products. In nearby Singapore, HP recently debuted the use of QR codes to provide an extra level of verification for customers.

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