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Sting nets 158,000 fake car parts in UAE

Massive haul of counterfeit parts confiscated in Ajman after being passed off as spares of 14 reputed brands

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Some of the seized items.
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Ajman: Authorities have seized more than 158,400 fake spare parts for car models of over a dozen international brands in Ajman.

The counterfeits were discovered in a joint operation between the Department of Economic Development – Ajman (DED – Ajman) and Ajman Police.

DED – Ajman’s Directorate of Control and Consumer Protection said the action was carried out to secure consumer markets, combat commercial fraud and protect consumer rights.

Aside from the confiscation of the counterfeit products, legal action is being taken against the violators.

The seized counterfeit products were being passed off as spares for brands like BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Hyundai, Kia, ACDelco, and GMC.

Commercial fraud and malpractices can be reported to the Department of Economic Development — Ajman on 80070, or

Mohammad Al Kutbi, director of DED – Ajman’s Directorate Control and Consumer Protection, said: “The department is fully committed to taking measures deterring commercial fraud as part of our efforts to attract investors and customers to Ajman, raise the emirate’s competitiveness, and place it on the global economic map. The seizure of counterfeit goods came after we responded to a complaint filed by an international company which reported the fake car parts being peddled in Al Helio. We coordinated with Ajman Police to seize a total of 158,415 counterfeit parts. Legal action is now being pursued to impose penalties on violators. The operation was aligned with our tireless efforts to preserve and safeguard both consumer and business rights.”

Col Yahya Khalaf Al Matroushi, head of Al Hamidiya police station in Ajman, said the General Police Command is keen to combat any duplicitous operations that would harm the consumer interest, take all necessary measures to counter those dealing in counterfeit goods and stand up to all those who seek to put consumers to risk through any product harmful to health or safety while working alongside the police and security agencies besides trademark watchdogs in the country to protect commercial interests of bonafide international firms.