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The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has urged Kenyans to report all incidents involving counterfeit watches that they come across.
Speaking Wednesday at a work shop at Kisii University, Patricia Kimanthi (the Corporate Communications manager of KEBS), stated that the Kenyan people should accept responsibility and report any replica, clone, knockoff, or counterfeit watches that have not been authorized by the manufacturer.
"We are custodians of what we consume and have the power to say yes or no! We see all these malpractices but the problem is that we do not report them," she said.
Kimanthi also said that management utilizes international standards to monitor the trademarks and associated quality of both imports and exports.
Gladys Ombongi, who works for KEBS, stated that they asssist police when dealing with criminals trafficking in, buying, possessing, and manufacturing counterfeit timepieces.
"Counterfeiting is illegal and unfair trade. We therefore work with the police to arrest fraudsters," stated Ombongi emphatically.
With all of the numerous recent raids and lawsuits surrounding counterfeit watches, it's no secret that counterfeiters have become a very serious problem. However... a recent analysis by NetNames, a worldwide organization specializing in online brand protection and anti-counterfeiting services, has revealed how much it is costing the econom... and the amount is incredibly enormous. According to the firm, the U.S. loses $225 billion dollars a year from counterfeiters. This includes all counterfeit goods, but watches such as replica Rolex, clone Breitling, fake Patek Philippe, replica Hublot, replica Audemars Piguet, etc... are some of the most prevalent products being counterfeited.
In an interview with WWD, Stuart Fuller of NetNames called the problem a "global pandemic." Fuller stated that the boom in online shopping has created many more opportunities for the unlawful, counterfeiit goods, which as a market brings in $1.8 trillion globally. In the year 2014 online counterfeit watch sales increased over 15%t, and it is (of course) only expected to keep growing. Replica watches such as Rolex, Breitling, Movado, Omega, TAG Heuer, etc. are illegal. Possessing, buying, selling, and/or manufacturing watches bearing unauthorized trademarks is a Felony under U.S. Law.
Unpublicized Arrests = Feeding Frenzy For Cops Looking To Bust Replica Sellers
This ought to scare you if you are considering buying, selling, possessing, and/or manufacturing replica watches (watches bearing unauthorized logos). Cops everywhere are quietly feasting on craigslist, backpage, ebay, classified sites, and with replica websites.
People are getting busted frequently for buying and selling replica watches posted (for instance) on craigslist. Most of these stories are kept quiet so that others will continue to buy and sell replica watches. What is the benefit? Revenue for the Criminal Justice System.
The perpetrators don't want publicity, so they keep it quiet. Law Enforcement doesn't want publicity, because then it will cause the fake watch listings on these websites to drastically diminish. This would then cut down on Arrests and the revenue generated for bail, attorney's fees, fines, fees, Court costs, etc.
In other words, just because you're not seeing it in the news, doesn't mean that people aren't getting busted left and right for replica Rolex watches; replica Cartier watches, etc. Clone watches are illegal. Most states have statutes regarding trademark counterfeiting and/or trafficking in counterfeit goods. The U.S. Federal level law is even more serious. So you can have agencies such as the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service, ICE, and local Police and Sheriff Departments all investigating you... oh yeah... along with Private Investigators for Rolex, Richmont, Swatch Group, etc.
The civil cases are mostly not publicized, either. The lawsuits that arise out of trafficking in replica watches are quite numerous. It is almost cookie cutter these days, and you'll end up with a Judgment against you. If you don't pay the Judgment, you can repeatedly be held in Contempt of Court and put in jail repeatedly. You can ruin you whole life by buying or owning a replica watch. Is it worth it? The decision is yours. You can buy a genuine watch and have no worries or you can get busted and spend tens of thousands of dollars on the Justice System and then be put in jail or prison coupled with getting sued and then get put into jail repeatedly if you're unable to pay the Judgment against you.
Help shut down the replica watch market. Clone watches are illegal. Replica watches are illegal. Knock-offs are illegal. Report any person or company you believe is in possession of a replica Rolex or other luxury brand of watch to us immediately, and we will take it from there by contacting the local and Federal agencies as well as the legal departments for the brands upon which the trademark infringement is being perpetrated. Stay out of jail this holiday season. Don't traffic in replica watches.