5,000 counterfeit smartphones worth almost $1 million seized in Philadelphia

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a shipment of almost 4,500 counterfeit smartphones in Philadelphia, PA.

The shipment originated in China and transited through the Dominican Republic before sailing up the US east coast. They were marked as “cell phones used” in an attempt to evade inspection.

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Had the devices been genuine, the combined retail price would have approached $1 million. The haul contained 1,926 LG and 480 ASUS-branded devices, and samples have since been sent to trade experts to confirm their origin and trademark infringement.

Casey Durst, CBP director of field operations in Baltimore, added:

“In addition to substantial theft suffered by the lawful trademark holders, these counterfeit smartphones may also pose a financial security and health threat to American consumers due to the installation of identity theft software on the phones or the potential for counterfeit batteries to overheat and burn consumers.”

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Main image source – U.S. Customs & Border Protection

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