Digest: Fake Mercedes Benz & BMW parts from China being sold

Counterfeit auto parts at UAE, fake medicines at Sao Tome & Principe and duplicate luxury items at Thailand causing trouble and impacting market
KnowFakes Team - September 28, 2018

UAE – When you talk about fake products, China’s name is called for supreme. In recently published reports counterfeit spare parts of high-end cars like Mercedes Benz and BMW are being sold in UAE. Mostly careless and not so expert mechanics have lured by the prices in the name of discount only to discover them malfunctioning or failing soon. As per them product packaging is extremely close to the original and even experts may be fooled by that.

 

Sao Tome and Principe, Africa: A nation you would have not hear of its name ever is severely impacted by fake medicines. Reported on macaubusiness.com that as per a representative of health ministry who was quoted saying Tuesday that 90% of the medicines cold in the natation are counterfeit giving one of the greatest health and life threat to the citizens. The representative Vânia Castro expressed concern that even medicines available through legal health systems are counterfeited. Absence of procedure to establish authenticity causing major challenge.

 

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Thailand – In a raid by officials of Interior Ministry at Koh Samui island recovered a huge pile of counterfeit goods. The raid that lasted just 2 hours, between 4 pm and 6 pm on Tuesday, brought out more than 10,000 fake products of popular and luxury brands from just 13 shops. There were shoes, handbags watches and sunglasses carrying fake Nike, Adidas, Rolex, Louis Vuitton and Gucci logos seized. Accused were arrested on charges of copyright violations.

 

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Zambia – President Edgar Lungu, at UN, has called for work against counterfeit medicines. He described them a major reason of antibiotics resistance as spurious medicines are made disproportionately that can lead sever health impact. UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe also acknowledged that there is a need to criminalise manufacturing of defective and falsified medicines.