HP has announced multiple seizures of counterfeit printing supplies destined for HP printers. The company supported officials from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce, alongside local police, who confiscated more than 145,000 illicit items in separate actions. Between December 2016 and February 2017, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce conducted several raids at both warehouses and showrooms of four major counterfeiting syndicates. Some of those distributors were also involved in manufacturing counterfeit print supplies.
In total, the officials seized around 100,000 counterfeit cartridges, as well as about 45,000 components used for manufacturing the fakes. Before and after the raids took place, experts from HP’s Anti-Counterfeiting and Fraud programme supported the authorities by providing key intelligence and identifying the seized items as counterfeit.
“HP appreciates the cooperation of Saudi Arabian officials and its prosecution of counterfeiters who try to defraud innocent customers,” said Jason McMillan, managing director KSA, HP. “We are honoured to have played a role in these key successes and will continue to protect customers from potentially dangerous fakes.”