Fake cigars seized

ABOUT 4,000 counterfeit Cuban cigars worth $1 million were seized in Hunghom yesterday by Customs and Excise officers. A 27-year-old man was arrested after Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau staff found the cigars, cheap Mexican copies, in a storage centre.

Sunday, 27 September, 1998, 12:00am

Punishing pirates

It has taken some years for the Government to recognise that the greatest menace of copyright piracy is not its deleterious impact on relations with the USA, but the crippling effect it has on local industry.

2 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Taiwan battles pirates

Facing the threat of United States trade sanctions, Taiwan is to strengthen export controls against pirated goods and seek to prevent Taiwanese money from financing counterfeiting overseas. Customs inspections will be revised to make it easier to locate fakes, said a customs spokesman. Also, patent and copyright law violators will be banned from investing abroad.

2 May 1998 - 12:00am

Couple held on forgeries

A 57-year-old man and his 44-year-old wife were arrested by Commercial Crime Bureau officers, who seized several forged deposit certificates, counterfeit US Treasury Bonds, purportedly issued in the 1940s, and a fake US$500 banknote at a raid on their North Point home.

28 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

13 held over discs

THIRTEEN people were arrested and 25,000 counterfeit compact discs seized when customs officers swooped on a Mongkok shopping mall.

7 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Fake parts scare

The European Commission is expected to insist that Beijing takes action to halt exports of allegedly hazardous kettles.

Strix, a British company that commands about 65 per cent of the world's GBP90 million (about HK$1.13 billion) a year market in kettle controls, says several brands of mainland-made kettles have been sold with counterfeit Strix controls.

2 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Conman admits fake cash swindle

A Malaysian tried to lure an undercover policeman into a scam which he said could turn 'film papers' into US$2 million (HK$15.47 million) in counterfeit notes overnight, a court heard yesterday.

Tan Teong Keng, 41, said the papers, obtained from Mexico, could be changed into fake US$100 bills by adding some chemicals provided by him, the District Court was told.

6 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Police issue warning over fake $1,000 notes

Police last night warned of an increasing number of fake $1,000 notes in circulation.

During the first four months of this year, police discovered 595 counterfeit $1,000 notes compared with 1,038 for the whole of last year.

Police said the notes were a copy of Hongkong Bank's 1988 series.

Some retailers are now refusing to accept $1,000 notes.

30 May 1997 - 12:00am

Pirates will ruthlessly exploit inefficiency

Permit me to expand upon a point made by Garrie Roman in his letter headlined, 'Simply wanting free and fair competition' (South China Morning Post, September 27).

16 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Boom time for faking a living

NEWSPAPERS have reported a crackdown against people posing as state security agents. But those impersonating secret policemen are merely the most daring among many criminals who try to fake, rather than make, a living.

18 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Police battle to stub out cigarette counterfeiters

Police are finding it harder to crack down on cigarette counterfeiters as the bootleggers become better organised.

Information from the national anti-counterfeit office showed many cigarette producers ran their operations as big businesses and many invested heavily to upgrade production equipment.

13 May 1996 - 12:00am

US in $100 note show

The US government is conducting a worldwide public education campaign to familiarise people with its newly designed $100 bill, which includes advanced protective features to stay ahead of evolving counterfeiting technology. The new bills are set for global release soon.

17 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Goods made on massive scale

THE factories raided by anti-counterfeiting officials were responsible for a massive piracy operation of automotive products which could have earned more than a billion yuan (HK$930 million) a year.

The factories in Xiaolu comprised a metal printing factory, two metal can makers, an oil producer and a paper packaging company.

21 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Oil fakes put out of business

SELLERS of fake oil products packaged in cans bearing trademarks such as Shell, Mobil and Esso, appear to have ceased operations after a series of joint police and anti-counterfeit raids last week.

21 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Apology over 'fake'

POLICE and a department store yesterday apologised to an elderly woman wrongly accused of using a fake $1,000 note.

The 69-year-old woman was whisked away for questioning after presenting the note to buy $700 worth of clothes at the Wing On store in Mongkok on Sunday.

9 Jan 1996 - 12:00am