HP and UAE authorities seize 450,000 counterfeit items

Raids conducted in second half of 2018 uncovered 450,000 counterfeit items

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HP and UAE authorities seize 450,000 counterfeit items HP says it collaborated with authorities to conduct a number of raids.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 31, 2019

HP Inc worked with UAE authorities to seize over 450,000 counterfeit HP products in the second half of 2018.

From July through to December 2018, UAE officials raided a number of clandestine workshops and private residences in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where significant volumes of illicit, HP-branded products were discovered.

HP said that the criminal gangs who were both assembling and distributing the goods were seriously disrupted by the enforcement actions.

"HP is proud of our continued partnership with UAE authorities, delivering one of our most successful years to date in apprehending and prosecuting counterfeiters who break the law," said Mathew Thomas, Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey and East Africa, HP. "Our unwavering efforts and commitment to removing counterfeit products from the market has delivered this outstanding result and is a true testament to the success of our Anti-Counterfeiting and Fraud Programme."

Across EMEA over the last five years, approximately 12 million counterfeits and components have been seized by local authorities, supported by HP. HP has conducted over 4,500 audits and inspections (CPPAs and CDIs) of partners' stocks or suspicious deliveries for customers.

Through HP's Anti Counterfeiting and Fraud (ACF) Programme, the company actively educates its customers and partners to be vigilant against fake printing supplies. It also cooperates closely with local and global law enforcement authorities to detect and dismantle illegal operations that produce counterfeit HP printing components.

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