Police Crackdown on Counterfeit Smartphones

After successfully conducting the largest counterfeit smartphone bust in Yan­gon history, Myanmar Police Force are joining forces with Huawei De­vice Myanmar to elimi­nate the distribution of fake smartphones.

Following an anony­mous source, police de­scended on Yuzana Plaza and Mingalar market on August 3 to root out and arrest fake phone dealers.

When the dust set­tled and the perps were in cuffs, Yangon’s finest found themselves sitting on more than 600 imita­tion Huawei mobiles in­cluding 80 Huawei Y5 11s, 136 I Y6s, 76 Huawei Honors, 196 GT30s and 95 Y625s and 118 other Huawei smartphones.

After questioning the suspects, police were able to ascertain the location of a supply house. Before dawn the following day, forces raided an apart­ment in Quarter No 3, Thinangyun Township and seized 643 counterfeit Huawei phones belonging to an unnamed Chinese national, said Major Hla Wai of the Yangon Police Force.

“We are actively investi­gating the case and ques­tioning suspects at Min­galar Taungnyunt Police station. We’re hoping to unearth more about this sinister supply chain, methods of distribution, domestic logistics, bor­der tunnels, phone mules, and area of origin,” Major Hla Wai told Myanmar Business Today.

“We are thoroughly in­vestigating the case and addressing the matter with the utmost serious­ness,” Major Hla Wai said sternly

Huawei Device Myan­mar has pledged to work closely with Myanmar Police Force to protect copyrights, branding, and the integrity of Huawei’s smartphones.

“We really appreciate the authorities taking such swift and effective action to punish counter­feit smartphone vendors,” Ma Khin Yadanar Win, Marketing Director of Huawei Device Myanmar, told Myanmar Business Today.

“We also urge Yangon smartphone users to buy their Huawei products from authorized sales center to ensure legal­ity and authenticity,” Ma Khin Yadanar Win added.

Jack Ma of Alibaba is spearheading the call for a crackdown on counter­feits in China, arguing that they “curb the coun­try’s chances of leading in innovation because of its historical reputation around counterfeits.”

Currently, there are dozens of street ven­dors selling cheap and counterfeit smartphones in Kyauktada, Tamwe, Pabedan and Latha town­ships. According to ex­perts, forged phones are 30 to 40 percent cheaper than authentic ones.

Source:Myanmar Business Today

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