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    Thumbs down Internet pirates nabbed in anti-piracy operation By Imelda Saad, Channel NewsAsia



    Internet pirates nabbed in anti-piracy operation By Imelda Saad, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 23 September 2008 2303 hrs

    SINGAPORE: Police have clamped down on several websites peddling counterfeit luxury products and apparels.

    The five-hour operation, which ended on Tuesday also led to the arrest of two men and a woman aged between 18 and 29 years.

    The Intellectual Property Rights Branch had come to know of the websites sometime in the middle of this year.

    The websites advertised counterfeit wares such as bags, shoes and T-shirts.

    Customers paid via Internet banking or ATM transfers.

    The goods would then be delivered to buyers personally or via post.

    Police said anyone in possession of infringing articles for the purpose of selling or distributing, could be fined up to S$10,000 per article, up to a cap of S$100,000 and jailed for up to five years. - CNA/vm



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    Thumbs down Woman jailed for selling fake copies of these bags she sold them online while at wor

    http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/news/story/0,4136,121774,00.html?

    LOUIS Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel and Christian Dior.

    Deborah Jong Li Li, 24, was an enterprising businesswoman who used the Internet to sell these famous brands to customers.

    And she did it all using a computer at her work place.

    Jong, who had been working for UOB at its Toa Payoh branch located at the HDB Hub, also used the office computer to send e-mail messages to her customers.

    She had been working at UOB for five years.

    But it all came to a stop when police raided her flat in Block 661A Jurong West Street 64 in June last year.

    Bags, wallets, key chains and cardholders bearing the marks of these famous brands were found in the flat. But these items that Jong was selling from her home were fake goods.

    Last month, Jong, who used to be a clerk with United Overseas Bank, was convicted under the Trade Marks Act and sentenced to six months in jail.

    Police investigations showed that Jong started selling counterfeit bags around the end of 2004.

    She used online auction sites, both to sell and procure the fake goods. She also built up her stock of counterfeit bags by buying them at night markets.

    Jong bought the bags for $25 to $45 and sold them for prices ranging from $45.90 to $59.90.

    Almost invariably, she communicated with her customers by e-mail.

    Jong would e-mail them instructions to transfer money to her DBS account.

    After she received the money, Jong would send the counterfeit branded bags to her customers by post.

    In 2005, Jong made $1,000 in profits every month from this illegal operation.

    She faced nine charges of infringing the Trade Marks Act. She was convicted on two of these, with the other seven being taken into consideration during sentencing.

    She was found guilty of falsely using the Louis Vuitton brand name to sell counterfeit goods.

    During the raid, police found 19 wallets, three bags, five cardholders and 10 coin pouches bearing the star flowers pattern unique to Louis Vuitton Malletier, the French fashion design firm that owns the trade mark for this pattern.

    A representative of Louis Vuitton Malletier here, Mr Steven Liew, examined the seized goods and verified that they were fakes.

    Police followed her to her office and took the computer away to aid with investigations.

    Passing sentence on Jong, District Judge Liew Thiam Leng said: 'I was of the view that a custodial sentence was appropriate to deter the accused and others from dealing in counterfeit branded goods.

    'The owners of the trade marks concerned expended substantial time and resources in coming up with the design, marketing image and quality of their products.

    'Consequently, their profits will be affected.'

    Jong is appealing against her sentence.

    Under the Trade Mark Act, it is illegal to possess any goods with falsely applied trade marks and sell them.

    Offenders can be fined up to $10,000 for each counterfeit item, subject to an overall maximum of $100,000. They can also be jailed up to five years.

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    Thumbs down Designer bag scam on ************************

    By Tay Shi'an

    LUXURY bags going for steep discounts. No shipping fees.

    Lured by these 'too-good-to-be true' claims, more than 60 online shoppers placed orders and transferred more than $30,000 to an online seller in the first two weeks of this month. The seller and shoppers are all members of ************************, an online forum for mothers where such organised bulk purchases (known as BPs) or 'sprees' are common.

    Now, the buyers are crying foul. After receiving their money, someone claiming to be the seller's relative said on the forum that the seller and her husband had a car accident. The relative promised to refund everyone their money. But so far, only six buyers have received refunds, after repeated e-mails, forum posts, and calls. Suspecting a scam, the buyers banded together, compiling name lists and the total amount paid. At least two police reports have also been lodged. Said one of the buyers, a civil servant in her 20s who wanted to be known only by her nickname MoMo: 'We hope the police will do something about it, and the rest will get their money back.'

    The seller, who called herself Lisa and used the user ID fromuswithlove, claimed she could get 30 per cent discount on Coach bags and 40 per cent off Kate Spade bags, and offered to make bulk purchases for others. The offer was listed on 2 Feb. She claimed she was going to the US, and her husband worked for a US airline, so she had no baggage limits and would transport the bags for free. All she would earn was a handling fee of US$10 ($15) to US$35, depending on the cost of the bag. Lisa got such an 'overwhelming' response that she stopped taking orders and accepting money transfers to her POSB account after two weeks. The orders were between $63 and $2,947.

    Then came the shocking post from 'Angelina', who claimed to be Lisa's sister-in-law. She said the couple got into an accident in the US on 21 Feb. The buyers were concerned - until a sharp-eyed buyer saw that Lisa was still posting replies on 22 Feb. Another received an e-mail on 23 Feb. That's when the buyers started asking for proof of the accident, like a bill, medical report, or a picture from the hospital. Or, a picture of all the bags, since Angelina claimed Lisa had already bought them, and their house in the US was now 'full of bags'. They also threatened to make police reports.

    Angelina then wrote that she would help return all the bags to the shops and give everyone a refund. She also gave some buyers the handphone number of 'Julia', who claimed to be Lisa's sister. Six buyers, who had each bought bags for $1,000 or more then got full refunds. MoMo, who was one of them, got back all her money, almost $1,700. Ink, 32, a designer, also got her $1,000 back. But both women still believed it was a scam.

    MoMo told The New Paper: 'There were just so many discrepancies she was not able to address.' Added Ink, who also declined to give her real name: 'I think maybe she regret already, it's not a (small) amount. We didn't know so many people ordered, until we listed (the names) out.' MoMo said that she went with two other buyers on Thursday night to make a police report. While her name is not on the report as she had already got a refund, she also gave information to the police. She said: 'I heard there were others who made police reports on the same night.'

    Mr Ng Chin Leng, founder of the company Tian Dot Com, which runs ************************, also filed a police report yesterday, and encouraged affected members to do the same. He said the company had provided the police with the scanned identification card of the seller. It's standard procedure for the website to get this from all bulk purchase sellers before they are allowed to post on the forum. The company also provided the bank account number the seller used to receive the payments. Police confirmed Mr Ng's report was made, and he had been advised of his legal options. Mr Ng said some 3,000 BPs were organised by SingaporeMotherhood forum members last year. To his knowledge, there were only two police cases arising from these in the same year.

    MoMo said she has been shopping online for the past four years, and this is the first time she has seen an alleged scam involving such huge amounts. She said she had come across only one previously, but it involved less than $20, and this was eventually refunded. She said: 'It's people like that who give online shopping a bad name.'

    In 2006, a 24-year-old man was arrested after he ran away with thousands of dollars from car forum enthusiasts. He had claimed he could get car accessories at low prices in similar bulk purchases.

    This story was first published in The New Paper

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    Thumbs down Online bulk purchase scam: Woman arrested

    Online bulk purchase scam: Woman arrested

    Fri, Mar 06, 2009
    The Straits Times

    By Chua Hian Hou
    A WOMAN suspected of having cheated over 60 online shoppers has been arrested. The 27-year-old was picked up by police last Friday and is out on bail while investigations are on, said a police spokesman.


    Using the online monicker Lisa, she rallied those using the popular parenting website Singapore Motherhood to participate in a bulk purchase of Coach and Kate Spade handbags.

    She claimed to have special connections in the United States who could give her steep discounts on the bags, and said shipping was free because her husband was an airline pilot.

    But those involved claimed that after collecting over $30,000 last month from over 60 buyers, she allegedly became uncontactable.

    Ordering in bulk online, commonly known among netizens as sprees, has become a fixture on local online forums. Buyers pool their orders to qualify for bulk discounts from Internet merchants and then split the cost of shipping the goods to Singapore. Bulk-purchase organisers like Lisa usually charge an administrative fee for their efforts.

    After she allegedly became uncontactable, a new user calling herself Angeline appeared on the Singapore Motherhood forum, claiming to be Lisa's relative.

    She announced that Lisa had been injured in a car accident, but would refund the money eventually. Angeline claimed that several refunds had been made and warned buyers against kicking up a fuss or she would stop giving them out.

    But most of the online shoppers did not buy her story and went to the authorities.

    As at press time, the police had received 60 complaints.
    Singapore Motherhood's administrator Ng Chin Leng has also lodged a report and given the police information about Lisa, including her bank account number and a copy of her identity card; he also informed the police about some 'inconsistencies' that turned up following an internal investigation at the website.

    This story was first published in The Straits Times.

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    Thumbs down Vouchers scam leads to six months' jail

    channelnewsasia.com - Vouchers scam leads to six months' jail

    SINGAPORE : When Janet Wee Guek Hong learnt on the Internet about a way of making money by selling discounted shopping vouchers, she thought it was the answer to her problems and a way to help pay off her mounting credit card bills.

    And so it was - for a while, until her supply of discounted vouchers dried up. But she carried on taking in the money anyway. On Tuesday, the scam resulted in a six-month jail sentence for the 34-year-old mother-to-be, after she was accused of cheating several people of a total of S$105,576.

    Ms Wee admitted to three charges of cheating, including obtaining sums of between S$1,820 and S$74,370 from people after promising she could get them grocery, shopping and petrol vouchers at a discount.

    Several other similar charges and three charges of theft were taken into consideration by District Judge Chia Wee Kiat when he sentenced Ms Wee, who is due to give birth in April.

    In one charge, the court was told that in 2006, Ms Wee told a former colleague - Ms Delia Lee - that she was able to deliver discounted vouchers from various companies, promising her a commission if she helped find people to buy them.

    Between June 1 and August 30 last year, Ms Wee “dishonestly induced” Ms Lee to help her find buyers for vouchers from retailers like Takashimaya, Louis Vuitton, DFS and Shell, worth a total of S$74,370.

    According to defence lawyer Amolat Singh, Ms Wee’s “attractive and popular” scheme hit a snag when she could no longer get the vouchers. She then took a “steep and slippery slope” of taking cash money for vouchers but failing to supply everyone who had paid, Mr Singh said.

    “In the end, the defendant was engulfed in a financial tsunami that totally overwhelmed her that she could not longer meet her friends’ and colleagues’ expectations,” he said.

    The court heard that Ms Wee has repaid a total of S$94,312 after her arrest. Mr Singh told the court his client had suffered a miscarriage when the case first surfaced last year, and her parents had to sell their HDB flat to help repay the victims.

    Ms Wee, who was accompanied by her parents and husband in court on Tuesday, will start her jail sentence after the Lunar New Year celebrations next month on January 28. - TODAY/il

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