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60,000 fake phones seized in Dubai since start of August

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replica watches on sale  Police have arrested 45 people while seizing tens of thousands of replica and counterfeit mobile phones in two weeks.

swiss replica watches The 60,000 handsets included copies of iPhones and Samsung Galaxy models, genuine versions of which would be worth a total of Dh48 million.

replica omega watches Maj Gen Khalil Al Mansouri of Dubai Police said an undercover CID team worked in different areas of the emirate to look for people selling or storing the counterfeit handsets.

replica omega watches "Members of the team, with an assigned leader, met and developed a plan to head to areas that are commonly known to sell fake goods," said Maj Gen Al Mansouri.

replica omega watches "With unmarked cars they headed to these areas and bought phones that were then checked by experts for authenticity.

"Once experts verified the phones were fake, arrests were made."

Maj Gen Al Mansouri said fake mobiles can pose a danger to the public, because they are often made of cheap and unreliable parts that have not been tested for safety.

"Sometimes if a fake battery is charged repeatedly it can explode and injure someone," he said. "A civilian can easily be tricked into thinking that the phones are real.

"They were even packed in proper-looking boxes that made them seem authentic."

The phones were smuggled into the country in pieces before being assembled and packaged.

One of the people arrested is accused of operating a factory where the phones were put together.

"They come into the country in pieces," said Maj Gen Al Mansouri.

"The keyboard is separate, the screen is separate, the battery is separate, and even the brand stickers are separate."

He said Dubai Police and the CID anti-economic crimes department would continue to target anyone selling counterfeit goods.

Those arrested have been referred to public prosecution.

From the start of Ramadan this year on June 29 to July 18, officers in Dubai confiscated counterfeit goods including watches, clothes, accessories, pens, scarves and sunglasses, with a street value of Dh34m.

Lt Col Rashid bin Thaboi, deputy director of the anti-economic crimes department, said the fakes were found in apartments and storage spaces in Karama and around the Gold Souq in Deira.

Each year an estimated US$50 billion (Dh183.5bn) worth of counterfeit products flood into the Arab region, including medicines, skin-care products, watches and electrical goods.

It is part of an $800bn annual trade in counterfeit goods worldwide.

The UAE's ports receive 13 million containers a year, with Dubai Customs officials inspecting about 3 per cent, which is the global average.

Law enforcement agencies, government bodies and brand owners have called for tougher penalties for people who supply or produce counterfeit goods.

Last year the UAE hosted the first Intellectual Property Forum, attended by Brand Owners' Protection Group.

The group carries out four training sessions each year for Dubai Customs officers, and other training for officers in Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Fujairah.


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