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Market surveillance agency seizes fake items for sale on Facebook

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HCMC – Market surveillance forces and 100 police officers have raided a 10,000-square-meter warehouse in Lao Cai City and seized a huge volume of fake, smuggled and low-quality goods meant to be sold on Facebook.

After six months of surveillance and investigation, the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance on July 7 teamed up with the Mobile Police High Command and the Ministry of Public Security’s Department of Cyber Security and High-Tech Crime Prevention to raid the warehouse at 145 Hoang Dieu Street.

The smuggled products stored at the warehouse comprised footwear, glasses, watches, consumer goods and cosmetics, apart from multiple counterfeit LV, Chanel, Adidas and Gucci items.

At the time of the raid, three online sales staffers were found live streaming the marketing of their goods and selling them under the Facebook names, Thao Tran and Giay Dong Gia, Dan Tri Online reported.

These sales staffers declared that at least 100-200 orders were placed each day in the past two years. The ordered goods would be packaged and sent to several provinces and cities in the country through major postal and delivery service suppliers such as Viettel Post.

Based on the preliminary results, the competent agencies said the owner of the warehouse was identified as Tran Thanh Phu, born in 1992, and residing in Lao Cai City. He was running the facility and online business along with his younger sister.

All the goods at the facility were confiscated and checked, stated a representative of the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance, adding that sanctions would soon be imposed on violators in line with prevailing regulations.

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