HK customs seize £600k fake mobile phone kit

Bound for Argentina

Customs officers in Hong Kong have seized fake mobile phone accessories worth HK$8.5m (£600,000) after searching a container bound for Argentina. Officers found around 130,000 suspected counterfeit batteries and cartridges yesterday morning, according to Chinese state media.

Officers are investiging the haul although no arrests have been made, said the report.

The problem of counterfeit mobile phone accessories has worried mobilephoneco's following a spate of exploding handsets with some people suffering nasty burns. Giant mobile outfit, Nokia, warned users that using inferior or fake gear could lead to phones overheating or exploding.

In November last year Trading Standards officers in the UK raided premises in Camden, London, seizing a "substantial number" of fake Nokia-branded mobile phone accessories.

Nokia said the seizures were part of its committment to "reducing the amount of counterfeit products reaching the high street and in doing so protecting our customers from sub-standard and, in some cases, dangerous goods". ®

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