Amazon helps China crack down on suspected counterfeiting rings


Amazon said it helped protect customers from counterfeit products by working with law enforcement to seize more than 240,000 counterfeits in China. Amazon’s Counterfeit Crimes Unit (CCU) has tipped off the agencies, which it says caught the knockoffs of luxury, sports and automotive brands.

The authorities have arrested the main suspects and “all illicit lists related to these cases have been eliminated”. Amazon said in Wednesday’s announcementwho provided additional details, including the following:

“During the facility raid, law enforcement seized more than 130,000 counterfeit car accessories and fake brand labels that infringed the intellectual property of numerous brands, including BMW, Porsche and General Motors; nearly 80,000 counterfeit luxury goods; and more than 30,000 pieces of counterfeit clothing and fake brand labels infringing the intellectual property of Hugo Boss, Puma and Under Armour, among others. This latest effort adds to the more than 3 million counterfeit products that Amazon identified, seized and appropriately disposed of last year, which included counterfeits sent to Amazon fulfillment centers in a failed attempt to sell to Amazon customers.

“Amazon has also cooperated with local PSBs (public security bureaus) in China on operations involving malicious actors who illegally purchased personal identities and government-issued business licenses for the purpose of registering Amazon seller accounts. fraudulent. As a result, 84 people were arrested. Last year, Amazon stopped more than 2.5 million attempts by bad actors around the world to create new selling accounts, preventing them from listing a single product.

Dharmesh Mehta, vice president of Worldwide Selling Partner Services at Amazon, said in the press release, “There is no room for fraud on Amazon. The production and sale of counterfeits seriously infringes the intellectual property rights of the brands concerned, as well as the legitimate interests of honest sellers and customers who place their trust in our stores. While we’re proud of the progress we’ve made, we won’t stop until we get counterfeits to zero, and we’ll continue to invest and innovate until we get there.

Amazon posted the following video on YouTube last month featuring interviews with former DOJ prosecutor Kebharu Smith, now associate general counsel and director of the Amazon Counterfeit Crimes Unit, as well as footage of Homeland Security raids on suspected counterfeiters.

Ina Steiner

Ina Steiner
Ina Steiner is co-founder and editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on e-commerce since 1999. She is a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is the author of “Turn eBay Data Into Dollars” ( McGraw-Hill 2006). His blog was featured in the book “Blogging Heroes” (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (September 2005 – present) and Investigative Journalists and Editors (March 2006 – present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send topical tips to [email protected] See disclosure at

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