1,5 thousand deceived Ukrainians and 1,5 million UAH of damage. Cyberpolice has covered a large network of online stores selling fake Apple appliances
09.05.2020 0 Comments
The cyber police department of the National Police of Ukraine announced the elimination of a large-scale fraudulent scheme – law enforcement officers raided Lviv, Kiev and Volyn in order to stop the activities of a criminal group that, using a network of online stores, sold fake Apple equipment. In particular, the persons involved in the case have created more than 50 websites and even opened a retail store for the sale of gadgets.
As part of the pre-trial investigation, it was found that only within three months, 1,500 Ukrainians purchased falsified equipment totaling more than 1.5 million hryvnias.
Goods ordered in China. Criminals using the latest printing, stamps and unique identifiers, including IMEI stickers, recreated the design of the original packaging.
Law enforcers conducted 17 searches of places of residence and in the cars of the defendants in the case in Lviv, Kiev and Volyn, as well as in the premises of the store. As a result of the searches, many different equipment was seized: laptops, system units, tablets, mobile phones, earphones and boxes for them, barcode stickers, boxes for mobile phones, bank cards, starter packs, data flash drives, logo stickers , stickers with IMEI for mobile phones, hard drives, store printing, accessories for the manufacture of boxes and packaging for mobile phones and vehicles.
The investigation established the involvement of 11 people. They are residents of Lviv, Lviv and Volyn regions. On the fact of the crime, criminal proceedings under art. 190 (fraud), and Art. 229 (illegal use of the mark for goods and services, company name, qualified indication of the origin of goods) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. At present, seven have been informed of suspected criminal offenses under Art. 208 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, and two members of the group were detained. Pre-trial investigation is ongoing; as soon as it is completed, the case will be transferred to court.
Recall that at the end of last year there was a resonant case in the United States three brothers from China exchanged fake iPhones for real for eight years. Then Apple's losses were estimated at more than six million dollars.
Source: Cyber Police