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Illicit print supplies: HP, Police seize 28,000 fake products - ITREALMS

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In February 2019, Nigeria Police official in conjunction with HP Nigeria carried out a massive raid, successfully disrupting the criminal dealings in production and trade of counterfeit HP print cartridges and components. Several premises were targeted as part of the raid, including extensive outlet stores and a hidden manufacturing site for fakes. As a result, the authorities seized over 28,000.

The officials raided multiple premises for fake goods – including retail outlets and hidden storage and manufacturing sites – located in the Abuja, Lagos, Ogun, and Osun regions. In total, the authorities confiscated 28,000 illicit cartridges and components.

Counterfeiting is illegal. For users, such unlawful imitations can cause a multitude of problems including performance and reliability issues. Should your printer break because of using counterfeit ink or toner cartridges, you could also have issues with your manufacturer’s warranty becoming not applicable.

In contrast, original HP products are designed to meet HP’s strict quality and reliability standards, based on a long history of inventing and testing. Original HP LaserJet and HP inkjet cartridges, unlike counterfeits, benefit from superior performance and consistent results.

“HP is proud of its ongoing commitment to prevent and disrupt criminal activity in Africa, working in partnership with local anti-crime authorities to combat the sale of counterfeit print supplies,” said Glenn Jones, Director Global Anti-Counterfeit Programme, HP. “The production of illicit goods harms the local African economy through diverting revenue streams to criminal organisations. We commend both our Anti-Counterfeiting and Fraud team, and the Nigerian Police Authorities, on working together swiftly to remove counterfeit products from the market and bring these criminals to justice.”

Jones disclosed that 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 5,500 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 print supplies, e.g. with a dedicated website available at www.hp.com/go/anticounterfeit. It also cooperates closely with local and global law enforcement authorities to detect and dismantle illegal operations that produce counterfeit HP-branded print components.

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