UK:FAKE PRINTER CARTRIDGES SEIZED

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UK:FAKE PRINTER CARTRIDGES SEIZED

 user 2006-09-25 at 11:33:00 am Views: 65
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    Fake computer printer cartridges seized
    UK SEP 06
    Trading standards officers in North Lincolnshire have seized £15,000 worth of counterfeit computer printer cartridges believed to have been made in China, with false labels such as Epson, Canon, and Hewlett Packard.Businesses and home computer users are being urged to be on their guard if offered cheap brand cartridges following the raids in Manchester, carried out with colleagues from Salford.North Lincolnshire Council uncovered the scam and traced the supplier to Manchester where a large number of the fake cartridges were found in a warehouse.A further consignment was intercepted at Manchester Airport where it had just arrived from China.Councillor Arthur Bunyan, North Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhood services, said: “This is a very serious crime. It carries severe penalties. Trading standards officers have uncovered thousands of pounds of counterfeit goods.”The fake cartridges can seriously damage printers due to the inferior quality and composition of the ink. They also lead to fading and poor picture quality.”We urge businesses and customers to be on their guard if offered cheap brand cartridges. And if anyone has any information they should contact trading standards.”The fake cartridges were both for home printers and business equipment. Trading standards officers say they were being distributed throughout the UK.If convicted, the offender could face ten years in jail and an unlimited fine, plus seizure of the fake goods and recovery of any profits.