Fake Phone Accessories Seized in London
Published on: 11th Jan 2014
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Trading standards officers in West London, UK have seized hundreds of unsafe phone chargers, USB devices and phone accessories from four businesses based in the area.
Fake mobile phone chargers, USB devices and mobile phone accessories using unauthorised Apple, Sony, LG, Nokia, Windows, HTC and Samsung trade marks were all seized following an investigation into counterfeit goods.
Trading standards officers from Ealing led the operation with support from other local councils. Local police and Home Officer Immigration and Enforcement officers were also present.
As part of the operation, four electronics and mobile phone accessory wholesalers, all based at the same light industrial estate, were visited to ensure the goods being sold met safety and quality standards. A number of specialists including computer forensics, product safety and counterfeit expert officers and a dog team were also involved.
Ealing Council leader, Councillor Julian Bell, said: "This raid has taken approximately £500,000 worth of dodgy products off the market. It's disgusting that businesses are disregarding the safety of our residents by selling these products. We are taking the issue at its root by going after the wholesalers."
Trading Standards teams joined together for the large-scale operation because some unsafe or counterfeit items found for sale in their boroughs are believed to originate from Charles House. Wandsworth and Hounslow councils have also been involved in the project.