KITCHENER, ON, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - On Sunday February 19th, investigators from the Kitchener RCMP Detachment seized a variety of
counterfeit clothing and luxury goods including jewellery, purses,
wallets, and sunglasses from a house party in Fergus, Ontario. The
seized items bore various unlicensed commercial logos including
lululemon, Coach, Gucci, Burberry, Ugg, and Louis Vuitton and were
valued at $6,400.
The Kitchener RCMP Detachment would like to remind the public that many
clothing retailers and luxury goods makers do not offer their products
for sale through house parties, street vendors, or flea markets. In
order to protect themselves from purchasing counterfeit products
consumers are encouraged to make their purchases from a reputable
retailer such as a legitimate retail location or from the brand
holder's web site.
The following tips may assist the pubic in determining if a product is
Price: The price is significantly lower than usual and the seller offers to
drop the taxes or doesn't provide a receipt
Packaging: The packaging is shoddy in appearance and has spelling errors
Place: The seller is not a reputable retailer. Use caution when purchasing
items through the Internet or from house parties.
Product: The quality and appearance of the product is not satisfactory or
appears different than usual.
The RCMP encourages the public to visit their website at www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/fep-pelf/ipr-dpi/index-eng.htm for additional information on counterfeit products.
"Counterfeiting of consumer items and their sales impacts our community
through the loss of jobs and tax revenue" said S/Sgt Pierre Gagnon, NCO
i/c of Kitchener Detachment. "The RCMP is committed to combating this
type of criminal activity through education and enforcement".
Counterfeit goods - whether smuggled into the country or produced in
Canada - represent a financial loss to legitimate businesses,
governments and taxpayers. As these goods are often cheaply made and
not up to Canadian standards, they not only defraud consumers, but may
also represent risks to consumer/user safety.
Anyone with information regarding the sale and /or manufacturing of
counterfeit merchandise is asked to contact the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020
or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-265-4444.
Photos related to this seizure may be viewed by visiting: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/on/news-nouvelles/index-eng.htm and clicking on the associated news release.
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
Cpl Judith Falbo
RCMP Kitchener Federal Enforcement Section
Office: (519) 896-3542 ext. 481