Twenty Thousand Fake Watches were seized during MCI Inspection Tours in Riyadh
MCI revealed certain methods and ways of circumvention and manipulation followed by some shops for storing and hiding counterfeit and fake goods inside the ceiling panels, as detected in Al Marqab quarter in Riyadh, where a number of watch shops used to hide fake watches and display some of them inside original boxes, claiming that they are of high quality. Therefore, twenty thousand counterfeit watches, bearing famous brands, were seized.
Furthermore, MCI shut down nine shops due to trademark violation, also lack of price tag was detected in a number of shops, beside a commercial concealment case was revealed as well. The shop owners were summoned by MCI for investigation and taking the legal procedures against them.
The seizures included 15 thousand fake Japanese & Chinese watches, also 5 thousand counterfeit watches for famous brands, such as "Rolex", "Adidas", "Nike" and others, in addition to some fake guarantees and counterfeit posters for a number of famous brands, beside 2000 counterfeit items included women's bags, wallets, pens and various accessories.
Meanwhile, at Al Mursalat quarter, north Riyadh, MCI inspectors seized more than 38 thousand of counterfeit phone chargers, speakers, batteries for well-known brands, including "Apple" , "Samsung" , "LG" and others. All the fake quantities were confiscated and then to be destroyed, while the shop owners were summoned for investigation and taking the legal proceedings.
It is worth mentioning that MCI had recently carried out comprehensive inspection campaigns on markets through its branches in the Kingdom to detect and confiscate the counterfeit and fake goods, and to reveal the manipulation and deceiving ways played on the consumer.
MCI would like to emphasize that its inspection tours will be continued on markets, warehouses, shops and all commercial establishments, to verify their regular operations, at the same time the Ministry calls on all consumers to lodge their complaints, observations and any cases of fraud or counterfeiting through the toll free number 1900, or through the application of a Commercial Notification.