April 28, 2016
The OEM has reported a wide range of EMEA seizures, including in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Nigeria and Turkey, with counterfeit cartridges, components and materials confiscated.
The first raid in 2016 took place in Saudi Arabia in February, with officials there seizing over 70,000 items “including fake toner and ink cartridges for HP printers”, with support from the OEM, which added that “the successful enforcement action targeted local companies selling fake and often risky cartridges”. HP Inc added that it “thanks all involved officials for this decisive action that protected scores of customers from falling victim to rogue fraudsters”.
In March, the first of three seizure operations took place in Nigeria, with local officials “bust[ing] several companies for manufacturing and distributing fake printing supplies for HP printers between November and March”. During the raids, officials seized “more than” 15,000 counterfeit toner and inkjet cartridges, components and “items for assembling further fakes”, including packaging materials, with the OEM “sincerely” thanking officials for “ongoing support and vigilance”.
Next reported in March were raids in Egypt “between November 2015 and January 2016”, with officials taking “successful action” through raids at “several showrooms and warehouses”, alongside “intercepting a container loads of fakes”. With support from HP Inc, over 115,000 fake cartridges were seized, as well as counterfeit components.
The third seizure operation was reported and took place in March in Turkey, where authorities “raided two Istanbul-based counterfeiting companies that manufactured and distributed fake printing supplies”. During the actions, around 30,000 items were seized, including “numerous components and items used for producing fakes, such as packaging materials and cartridge labels”.
These latest raids follow on from the OEM’s report on counterfeit seizures in the UK and other areas of the EMEA, with three raids in the UK late last year.
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