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First fake Nintendo DS consoles seized in UK raid

by Steven Williamson on 21 January 2009, 15:11

Tags: Nintendo DS, Nintendo (TYO:7974), DS

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A raid to investigate an illegal counterfeiting operation on eBay, the online auction site, lead to a husband and wife team in Kent and the seizure of 40 counterfeit Nintendo DS consoles – the first instance of its kind in the UK. The raid on Tuesday January 21 2009 by investigators from Bromley Trading Standards Department and the local police resulted in the seizure of 40 counterfeit Nintendo DS consoles packaged with potentially dangerous power units as well as game copying devices. In addition, 150 counterfeit games for the DS and Game Boy Advance systems as well as two laptops and a PC tower were seized at the home of the couple.

Invoices revealed that the couple had traded online over a two-year period using different identities. The early stages of financial investigation suggest a profit of more than £50,000 may have been made by the couple in December 2008 alone.

Further to a test purchase made on eBay this year, illegally copied Nintendo DS games were purchased for £40. This is the first instance of counterfeit games consoles being found for sale within the UK.

Michael Rawlinson, managing director of ELSPA, said: “The replication of video games software and hardware is illegal and has a negative impact on both local and national businesses. ELSPA would like to thank the thorough and professional investigation by Bromley Trading Standards department and local Police whose work with our investigators has stopped the illegal activities of yet another internet pirate."

A POCA (Proceeds Of Crime Act) investigation has already begun to estimate the criminal gain from the offender’s illegal activities.

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As we deal with China a lot at work I always get approached by people trying to sell things, DS Lites by the container load, they come from the same factory as the “Legit” ones but dont come with PSU's and are usually sold with 3rd party PSU's, wonder if these are the same things and if its being blown out of proportion a bit…