P70-M worth of fake phones, gadgets seized in Binondo

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 17 2014 06:49 PM | Updated as of Dec 18 2014 06:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Be careful when buying that super-cheap iPhone on a website because it may be fake.

A warehouse, said to be owned by a top supplier of online shops in the Philippines, was raided in Binondo, Manila on Monday.

Seized at the warehouse were P70-million worth of counterfeit smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Grand, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 4S, as well as tablets, smartphone cases, power banks and even Lacoste perfume.

Some of the items did not have any ICC marks required for imported electronic products and accessories.

The warehouse, located along Barraca Street, is owned by LFA Enterprises which claims to be the number one supplier of electronic gadgets, toiletries, small home appliances, and accessories to various popular online shopping websites in the Philippines.

The raid was conducted by the combined operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation, Intellectual Property Office and the Bureau of Customs Enforcement Team and the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, based on the warrant of seizure and detention issued by Port of Manila District Collector Mario Mendoza.

The warrant was issued on the complaint of several brands on the proliferation of fake products being sold online.

The BOC NICE–CIDG Team is conducting follow through operations and investigations to be able to file charges against the people behind LFA operations.