Cheras home raided for sale of fake-branded clothes online

PUTRAJAYA, 20 Nov 2020:

The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) cracked down on the sale of counterfeit goods online in a raid carried out at a residence in Taman Cheras Jaya in Balakong, Selangor on Tuesday.

Enforcement Division director Datuk Iskandar Halim Sulaiman said during the raid, the ministry seized shirts and pants of various brands – including Adidas, Puma and Nike – believed to be counterfeit goods, with an estimated value of RM67,750.

“The modus operandi of these traders is to advertise counterfeit branded clothes below the market price to attract buyers at online shopping sites,” he said in a statement today.

He said the complainant, who is also a representative of the brand’s trademark holder, managed to trace the location of the distribution place after making an online order through the address of the trader listed on the package.

“After identifying the clothes purchased are counterfeit goods, the complainant then lodged a complaint to KPDNHEP for further action.”

During the raid, Iskandar Halim said a 45-year-old local man – who claimed to be  owner of the premises – was detained and the case was being investigated under Section 102 (1) (c) of the Trademark Act 2019.

He also warned individuals or companies to be more responsible and to respect the intellectual property of others.

KPDNHEP also seized 80 boxes of fake Max Care brand rubber gloves worth RM37,075 in a raid on a warehouse in Seri Kembangan, Selangor yesterday.

Iskandar Halim said the raid was conducted following a complaint by the Max Care registered trademark owner representative over the sale of the fake rubber gloves.

“During the raid, several individuals were busy repackaging the gloves and they were not aware of the presence of enforcement officers. Further inspections found 1,815 empty boxes and 80 boxes containing Max Care brand rubber gloves.”

Iskandar Halim said the modus operandi of the fake item sellers was to buy rubber gloves from overseas and repackaged them in boxes bearing the Max Care brand.

“The difference between the original and the fake gloves can be seen in terms of their quality, thickness, colour, packaging and information printed on the box.”

During the operation, he said a 38-year-old man who admitted to be the owner of the premises was arrested and the case was being investigated under Section 102(1)(c) of the Trademarks Act 2019.

Meanwhile, Iskandar Halim said a total of 257 cases related to the selling of counterfeit items with seizures worth more than RM4.5 million were recorded from January to October this year.

– Bernama