HP today announced a significant local seizure of counterfeit printing supplies destined for HP printers. The company supported South African law enforcement officials who confiscated about 3200 fake laser print cartridges in a highly coordinated strike.
The police action in August saw authorities raid the offices and warehouses of three companies. In addition to the illegal items, police confiscated documents and other valuable intelligence that will lead to additional anti-counterfeit actions.
The hit to the counterfeiting network, which had imported fake goods from China via Durban, is expected to reduce the level of counterfeit products being distributed in the region.
Over the last four years, HP has assisted in the seizure of nearly nine million pieces of fake printing supplies products and components in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Through its Anti-counterfeiting Programme, HP actively educates its customers and partners to be vigilant against fake printing supplies. It also cooperates closely with local and global law enforcement to detect and dismantle illegal operations that produce counterfeit HP printing components.
Globally, HP has conducted nearly 5000 investigations in almost 90 countries over the last four years, resulting in the seizure of more than 30 million units of counterfeit cartridges and components over this same time period. Investigations and actions have occurred on every continent except Antarctica, and any enforcement action is lead by either police (criminal) or an administrative organisation.
“HP appreciates the strong cooperation of South African law enforcement to help protect our customers from the inferior standards and potential risks of counterfeits,” said Fabrice Campoy, general manager for HP IPG in South Africa. “People who buy counterfeit print cartridges and other fake merchandise believe mistakenly that they’re receiving original products, and they deserve the high quality and performance for which they’re paying.”
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