Woman arrested for false trade

March 24, 2020

Customs officers arrested a woman suspected of applying false trade descriptions or a forged trademark in the sale of surgical masks, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance.

 

Customs earlier received information from an authorised representative of a registered trademark, alleging that their trademark and photos were being used on a bogus page of a social network platform for selling suspected infringing surgical masks.

 

After an initial investigation, Customs found that the design, photos, colour and wordings of the bogus page highly resembled that of the trademark representative’s official page.

 

The bogus page claimed that surgical masks could be offered for sale in its posts, which intended to mislead customers that the masks were that of the trademark's products.

 

It also canvassed customers using the statement "surgical masks speedpost", claiming that priority would be given to particular groups.

 

Customers were requested to make a deposit into their designated bank accounts before they would be notified about the product's delivery.

 

Customs arrested a 25-year-old woman in Kwai Chung yesterday. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Call 2545 6182 or email [email protected] to report suspected infringement activities.

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