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Date: Monday September 25, 2006 11:34:00 am | Views: 131
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    Fake computer printer cartridges seized
    UK SEP 06
    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.

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