TOURIST Police mounted a big crackdown on counterfeit goods at Koh Samui and netted 7 suspects while seizing 7,000 items of fake brand name products, mainly American, INN News reported today (August 1, 2018).
Pol Maj-Gen Surachet Hakphan, deputy chief of Tourist Police, headed the raids on 7 shops and warehouses at the popular Chaweng beach. Seized were shirts, pants, bags and eyeglasses carrying fake big brand trademarks such as Polo, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Ray Ban and Under Armour.
These fake products had been promoted on websites and their photos shared on social media, mainly via Instagram, Facebook and Line.
This raid is part of Technology Crime Suppression Division’s battle to wipe out the production and sale of fake goods, not just in Bangkok but in the provinces, particularly big provincial cities, and what is promoted online, he said.
Those arrested face legal action and a deeper investigation would be launched to reach the financiers, whose assets would be seized under the Thai Anti-Money Laundering Act, Section 3 (13).
Top: Chaweng beach road at night. Photo: Hajime Nakano (CC-BY-2.0)