Officers nab man selling fake branded items online

fake-goodsIPOH: The long arm of the law finally crippled an online business selling “branded” goods, here.

The Perak branch of the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry conducted a raid on Friday and seized 792 “branded” items worth RM284,350 from the premises.

The ministry’s state deputy director Mohd Khalis Kasim said bags, belts and shirts of various “expensive labels” were among the stock, reported The Star Online.

He said, the operator had been selling the items, mostly brought in from Hong Kong through Facebook, and charged RM100 to thousands of ringgit per item.

“We had seen photographs of watches and shoes on the webpage but couldn’t find them at the shop,” he told reporters here yesterday, adding that this was the first such case in the state.

Mohd Khalis said that a room at the premises had been set up for photography to make the items look attractive and “authentic” to potential buyers.

“The items even came with forged certificates of authenticity. The quality was not good and had defects all over,” he said.

Mohd Khalis said enforcement officers recorded a statement from the operator, a man in his 20s.

“He was not part of any syndicate. He was also looking to employ agents to sell the goods, and asked those interested to pay RM15,000 as deposit,” he said.

Most of his customers were from Malaysia and Singapore, with payments made through online banking, he added.

Mohd Khalis urged consumers to be careful when shopping online.

“Branded goods are sold at normal shops and not on the first floor of a shophouse in Bidor,” he was reported as saying.