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Ministry warns of counterfeit products sold online in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, June 19, 2017

The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has warned the public to be cautious when purchasing products through websites and social media platforms.

The Saudi Gazette issued the caution due to an increase in counterfeit and imitations products appearing online. To date, the ministry has closed more than 75 accounts on social media including Facebook, Twitter Instagram and Snapchat as posts selling fake goods had been publicised.

The ministry highlighted that fraudsters could face up to three years in jail and fined up to SR1 million as ‘it's a violation of the anti-trade fraud law and trademarks law'.

To overcome the problem, the ministry has advised e-commerce websites and those who market their products on social media should register with the ministry's maroof portal to validate the credibility of their products and business. With this registration, the portal protects the rights of the consumers and warning them of fake products.

According to the ministry, more than 15,000 websites have registered with maroof, ranging from electronics, fashion, events, household goods and cars.

The ministry urges companies to register on and consumers should contact its toll free number 1900 to inform of any counterfeit and imitations products discovered.