HP said it has worked with Kenyan officials to close down a local counterfeiting business in Nairobi which had been operating out of a hidden warehouse.
HP’s Anti Counterfeiting and Fraud team together with Kenyan officials were able to identify the fact that the business was manufacturing fake print supplies and intercept the products made for market.
The local authorities confiscated about 100 ready-for-sale toner cartridges and 8,400 illicit components for manufacturing further fakes.
Counterfeiting is a crime. For users, such illegal imitations can cause a multitude of problems that can cause performance and reliability issues. Should your printer break because of using counterfeit printer ink or toner, you could also have issues with your manufacturer’s warranty becoming not applicable.
In contrast, original HP products are designed to meet HP’s strict quality and reliability standards, based on a long history of inventing and testing. Original HP LaserJet and HP inkjet cartridges, unlike counterfeits, benefit from superior performance and consistent results.
Across EMEA over the last five years, approximately 12 million counterfeits and components have been seized by local authorities, supported by HP. HP has conducted over 4,500 audits and inspections (CPPAs and CDIs) of partners’ stocks or suspicious deliveries for customers. HP is proud of the continued successes of the Anti Counterfeiting and Fraud Programme, and we will continue to work hard to protect customers from potentially dangerous fake printing products
Through HP’s Anti Counterfeiting and Fraud (ACF) Programme, the company actively educates its customers and partners to be vigilant against fake printing supplies. It also cooperates closely with local and global law enforcement authorities to detect and dismantle illegal operations that produce counterfeit HP printing components.