Sellers of counterfeits via social media get caught more often

Sellers of counterfeits via social media get caught more often

Last year, a total of 9.4 million euros of counterfeits have been seized, according to the Federal Service of Economy. Especially individuals who try to sell fakes through social media, were often caught.

In the fight against counterfeiting last year a noticeably bigger amount of Pro Justitias have been transmitted to the public prosecutor (+ 34%). The number of notifications with a warning even increased by 75% compared to 2013. In particular, individuals who try to sell counterfeit goods via social media were often caught. A total of 9.4 million euros of fakes have been seized, according to figures from the Public Federal Service of Economy.

The Economic Inspection of the Public Federal Service of Economy picked last year a total of 435 707 counterfeit goods from the market. A sharp decrease compared to 2013 (625.809), but then it concerned largely illegal digital content on the Internet.

In 2014 the inspection authorities found especially body care products such as shampoo, toothpaste, detergent or nail polish. A total of 197 407 units were seized and destroyed. Also, household products and cosmetics (90 898 units) often appeared, as electrical and electronic products, combined with online content (80 594).

Despite the decline in the number of articles, the number of warnings and referrals to the prosecutor increased. These are often individuals who purchase the fakes through the Internet and sell them via the social media.

Given the omnipresence and the public nature of social media such counterfeits are also detected more quickly," explained Minister of Economy Kris Peeters. He also states that counterfeits are always being destroyed.

(Source Belga)