Deep pockets can buy fakes and bona fides

Do you fancy a mainland college diploma? Identity card? Or a military vehicle licence plate?

If your pockets are deep enough, you can pretty much buy any counterfeit item you want on the mainland, said a source familiar with the 'fake-making' business.

Thursday, 15 November, 2007, 12:00am

Hall of fakes

An officer inspects exhibits at the opening yesterday of a museum set up by the Customs and Excise Department at Kowloon Bay to promote the protection of intellectual property rights. The museum showcases more than 300 counterfeit items seized by officers and shows how piracy has evolved over the years.

31 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Banknote forgery gang neutralised, police say

Printer-ready digital images of counterfeit banknotes for six foreign currencies have been seized following the arrest of seven people in an operation that the Commercial Crime Bureau claims 'neutralised a major international syndicate'.

15 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing to step up crackdown on fakes

Twenty joint operations planned with FBI

In renewed efforts to counter the mainland's thriving counterfeit industry, Beijing has vowed to pursue more joint cross-border criminal enforcement operations, a top public security official said yesterday.

25 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Fight to protect Games mascots a touch ironic

The Olympic Games showcases the host country and its people to the world. Hong Kong will get a small share of exposure by hosting the equestrian competition on behalf of Beijing. Now the mainland has called for help from Hong Kong's guardians of intellectual property rights.

13 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Don't steal from artists and designers

The government should not allow counterfeit goods to flood the market.

Not only do counterfeit goods copy someone else's design, they also affect the image of the real products. And designers might be discouraged.

We should take action to stop counterfeiting.

11 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Fake Olympic souvenirs seized

Customs officers have uncovered the first batches of counterfeit Olympic Games souvenirs to surface in Hong Kong.

Acting on a tip-off, 60 customs officers raided street stalls and hawkers in Wan Chai, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok on Wednesday and Thursday.

At seven of the stalls, officers found about 350 counterfeit souvenirs for the Beijing Olympics.

2 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Pair jailed over fake brand-name clothing

Two masterminds of a counterfeit clothing syndicate were jailed yesterday after being found guilty of possessing more than 120,000 fake items of brand-name clothing worth over HK$60 million.

3 May 2007 - 12:00am

Fake goods targeted in Brazil

Six Chinese merchants have been detained and millions of dollars in alleged counterfeit goods confiscated during an anti-piracy raid in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, the China News Service has reported.

Authorities, with the help of military police, blocked off a mall housing almost 300 shops run by Chinese merchants at 6.30am on Tuesday.

6 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Counterfeit Money


'Some suspects have been arrested and we are working closely with Macau and mainland officials in the probe. We hope that we can solve the problem as soon as possible'

Police Commissioner Tang King-shing

'We believe the counterfeit banknotes were made by the same syndicate and were made outside Hong Kong'

20 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Twofold rise in seized HK$1,000 notes

Police believe high-quality fakes - like the 300 seized on Thursday - come from outside the city

The number of counterfeit HK$1,000 banknotes seized by police this year has doubled to 710, two days after officers issued a warning about the fakes.

18 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Tokyo funds regional customs training to tackle piracy

The Japanese government will pay to train 1,000 customs officials in East Asia over the next five years in an attempt to reduce the number of illegal copies of Japanese goods being passed off as the real thing.

More than half of the new recruits will work in China, which is seen as the worst offender in the counterfeiting business.

6 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Fake expectations

If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, famous brand names must be basking in compliments judging by the array of counterfeit handbags and clothes seized by customs officers in Hong Kong this year.

25 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Change in tactics by vendors of fake goods

Sellers of counterfeit products are increasingly moving to smaller showrooms away from street level with internal exits to avoid detection, customs officials have found.

22 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Authorities try to rein in forged land certificates

A notice ordering a nationwide clean up of forged land certificates has been issued by the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources.

9 Jun 2006 - 12:00am