Counterfeit

Customs seize HK$24 million worth of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco

The 9.3 million cigarettes and 90 kilograms of tobacco were found in a container from Port Kelang in Malaysia. Photo: David Wong

The 9.3 million cigarettes and 90kg of tobacco were found in a container that arrived in Hong Kong from Port Kelang in Malaysia via Singapore.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 5:52am

Smugglers cash in big on 'British' tobacco trafficked through Hong Kong

Criminal syndicates are reaping huge profits by smuggling mainland tobacco through Hong Kong into Britain and selling it as counterfeit British brand. Photo: Reuters

Criminal syndicates are reaping huge profits by smuggling mainland tobacco through Hong Kong into Britain, where it is sold at a 5,000 per cent mark-up, a government source says.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:33am

Style Check: one in the aisle for bridal fee

We hear about China's luxury market all the time, as all eyes are looking East. But things don't always run smooth when doing business on the mainland.

1 Apr 2013 - 10:13am

Taobao vendors cash in on iPhone 'consumer vanity' market

Screenshot of a vendor's page on Taobao selling fake iPhone log-in messages. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Wily vendors on Chinese-commerce site Taobao have been having a field day selling fake iPhone “signatures” to users of Tencent QQ, a popular instant messaging program.

 

 

2 Jan 2013 - 10:12pm

Not a cheap knock-off in sight

The Birkin bag

After some prodding, Hermès agreed to comment on the subject of the large number of highly priced (seemingly) Hermès handbags on offer at discount shops around Hong Kong. The Japanese store Brand Off is selling allegedly Birkin bags for a whopping HK$458,000, a price no one would pay, surely, for a fake bag. So the question was put to Hermès: How many of these bags are made each year?

6 Nov 2012 - 12:37pm

Mystery of the Hermes Birkins

A real Birkin made for China buyers. Photo: Handout

On the subject of the large number of highly priced (seemingly) Hermes handbags on offer at discount shops around Hong Kong, Hermes has agreed to comment. Well sort of. As I mentioned last week, the Japanese store Brand Off is selling allegedly Birkin bags for a whopping HK$458,000, a price no one would pay, surely, for a fake bag.  

24 Oct 2012 - 8:56am

China Digest, October 24, 2012

BEIJING

Hero gets his reward

24 Oct 2012 - 12:35am

US motorists warned about fake airbags 'made in China'

The fake airbags cost about a tenth of the legitimate ones.

US car owners are being warned about counterfeit airbags, believed to come from China, which may fail to inflate, or even explode during an accident.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:04am

Invisible tag using nanotechnology may thwart counterfeiters

Scientists yesterday reported they had invented an invisible tag using the widely used "quick response" code to help thwart banknote forgers and criminals who sell bogus drugs or fake vintage wine.

13 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

Pressure on local cadres to combat counterfeit goods

The central government has pledged to combat fake and shoddy products by monitoring local governments' efforts to counteract them as part of their annual achievement appraisals.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

'Treasure' chest of fake US, Japan bonds seized

Police seized billions of Hong Kong dollars in bogus US and Japanese bond certificates and arrested three suspects, following an immigration raid in Sheung Shui.

The counterfeit bonds were among a cache of forged mainland and Taiwanese government documents, seals and rubber stamps found in 20 briefcases and bags, police said.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Goods destroyed to publicise war on fakes

Nearly 200 mainland cities publicly destroyed tens of millions of fake and substandard goods yesterday as part of a major publicity drive intended to rein in the country's booming counterfeiting industry.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Counterfeit drug operation busted

Police in Kaifeng, in Henan province, have detained 114 people and seized fake medicines worth 190 million yuan (HK$232 million), Xinhua reported yesterday.

In all, 6,500 vials of counterfeit drugs were found to have been repackaged to look like bona fide medication from more than a dozen licensed drug makers, both Chinese and foreign.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Online sales of fake items on the rise

Sales of counterfeit goods on the internet may be on the rise, but Hong Kong customs officers say they are more than up to the task of cracking down on the crime.

Customs officers solved 66 cases last year, up from 31 in 2008 and 58 in 2009. This year's figures remain steady; officers detected 43 cases and arrested 49 people in the first eight months.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Police seize 'high-quality' fake 100 yuan notes

Police in Zhejiang province have seized an undisclosed number of high-quality counterfeit yuan notes said to look more realistic than any fake cash in recent memory.

An investigation in Xiaoshan district, Hangzhou, uncovered the latest fake 100 yuan (HK$122) banknotes, according to Nanfang Daily .

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

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