UAE brokers busted for Cisco fakes

Two brokers fined by UAE Courts for selling counterfeit Cisco equipment

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By  Andrew Seymour Published  January 29, 2008

Networking vendor Cisco has urged channel partners to purchase through accredited distribution sources after two brokers were recently charged for selling counterfeit Cisco products in the region.

The two unnamed UAE firms were found guilty of "importing, selling and possessing Cisco counterfeit products for the purpose of sale" after landing up in front of the UAE courts.

Both brokers have been ordered to pay fines, although the extent of their financial penalties remains undisclosed. Cisco has declined to comment on specific details of the case, but did confirm that the counterfeit products would be destroyed.

Rafael Perez, brand protection manager for MEA and Pakistan at Cisco, also stressed the importance of channel partners buying through official Cisco distribution sources to ensure that they are supplied with genuine products.

"Cisco partners are strongly recommended to purchase from Cisco authorised channels," he said. "Cisco is committed to working against counterfeit networks in order to protect legitimate partners and customers from negative impacts of fake products."

The current size of the counterfeiting industry for IT products is not known, although a study conducted two years ago by auditors KPMG and the Alliance for Grey Market and Counterfeit Abatement (AGMA) indicated that as much as 10% of all technology goods sold globally were not the genuine article. Based on that estimate, it's thought that more than $100 billion of global IT channel revenue could be lost to counterfeiters each year.

3222 days ago

Omar we are also dealing in Cisco's for long time selling both Used & New. Regarding the discount percentage in New sometimes you even get more than 60% and it varies per item even from Cisco distributors as well so I guess discount percentage is not a measure to judge whether the product is Original or not. So I would suggest all buyers one thing whenever you guys are buying Cisco's you can verify the item simply by calling Cisco, Just give them the serial of the product and they will tell you whether the product is genuine or counterfeit even tell you which product it is and who is the owner of the product. By the way sometimes we also offer more than 60% off on GPL on some products. And further more if you guys are upgrading or disposing your used Cisco's. Send us an email with part number and condition at and you will be replied with good Cash offer. So keep buying Cisco's as upgrading or disposing is not a problem.

4123 days ago

This problem has been going on for years. It is good to see Cisco is doing something about it. These products do nothing but put your network at risk. If savings is what you are after buy CISCO Factory Refurbished equipment. It comes with the same warranty as new, ships in 3-5 days, SMARTnet eligible and will save you a ton of money. For more info contact @ 404-755-5721.

4130 days ago
Omar Rashid

If you are getting discounts of 40-55% off the list price for brand new hardware, i.e. sealed boxes, then it is a red flag. The largest of Cisco’s customers – the Bank of Americas, Ford Motor Company, United Airlines, AT&T, etc. get these discounts. You don’t. If it is any consolation, even dealers do not get the top corporate discounts. While it is flattering and tempting to receive big discounts for new Cisco hardware, it is also unrealistic and should be treated with the utmost caution. Ask what the retail price is and compare it to the price you are being quoted. If you are getting a 15-25% discount from the list price for new/sealed hardware, then you are being quoted a fair and realistic price. Expect a reasonable discount, however; too big a discount often spells trouble. Another sign to be aware of is the receipt of unsolicited email from unknown dealers offering you Cisco hardware at very good prices. This warning is doubly true if the email or company originates from mainland China.

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