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What is the threat of buying counterfeit as a souvenir from your vacation?

If just a miser pays twice, a tourist in a similar situation and even the risk or their freedom, or problems with the entry documents…

What is the threat of buying counterfeit as a souvenir from your vacation?
It turns out that in many countries the blame for the purchase of counterfeit products rests with the buyer, not the seller. Especially if it is a foreign guest who chased the cheapness, not bothering to find out the true price of such an act. Let’s understand.

According to the European consumer center, there is a rule in the European Union, according to which the buyer of counterfeit is not a victim, but an accomplice of fraudsters. You didn’t come to the police with a complaint, and were caught red-handed at customs? So, aware of their actions. Fortunately, the good German or Spanish authorities will simply scold tourists-slackers, at most – confiscate fake things. But in Italy can immediately slap a fine of up to 6000 euros!

In the European Union, the buyer of counterfeit is not a victim, but an accomplice of fraud
The French openly lyutuyut partly because their efforts do not bring the desired effect, not afraid of the crooks as much as we would like. Not so long ago, the French national Committee against counterfeiting even posted at airports 10 thousand posters warning “Buy fake jewelry – get a real criminal record.” And this is 3 years for singles and up to 10 years for those who are recognized as an accomplice of the gang. But still the flow of fakes does not run out, although for each identified thing faces a fine twice its value, up to 300 thousand euros!

In Austria, the fines are smaller, there is a bar of 15 thousand euros. In addition, there is a legal loophole in the law – if the transaction is made online, when the buyer is not able to fully examine the goods, he can be forgiven for purchasing a fake. But this does not apply to the import of things into the country, the condition only for export.

In Austria, there is a legal loophole in the law, if the transaction is made online
In Ireland, tourists with fake branded products are automatically equated with criminals. And the first thing to look at the price of the goods – if it is less than 250 thousand euros, there is a chance to get off with a fine. It is large, from 5 thousand to 126790 euros, plus the court may decide that 12 months in prison will only benefit you. But it is a trifle, in comparison with the 5-year conclusion for large sums of counterfeit.

Against the background of such news, Belgian fines from 500 euros to 100 thousand could seem sparing. But there is one insidious factor – Belgium is too sensitive to intellectual property rights. You can not prove that you bought a music hit in the official online store, and not downloaded from a pirate site, so get ready for problems. The same applies to any “abibas”, when would-be designers copy the corporate identity to create fakes of famous brands.

In Belgium, you need to prove that you bought a music hit in the official online store
But, perhaps, the greatest danger threatens tourists not in Europe, but in the middle East. In 2017, a tourist in Dubai was left behind bars for several days without talking, while lawyers tried to prove the absence of evil intent in his actions. The poor guy just paid with a 20-pound note, which turned out to be a clever forgery. He was facing at least a year in prison, but lucky – the court believed that he had no idea about the fake in his wallet. At the same time, it is quite possible to buy counterfeit goods inside the country, but each transaction is a separate Scam with a high risk.

And how to protect yourself from this scourge, if the brain really loses the remnants of caution at the sight of seductively low price tags? First, ask the seller for a maximum of documents, guarantees, insurance, etc. for an honest dealer is not the problem, the crook will start to play up that it is impossible not to notice. Secondly, evaluate the quality of seams, labels, sewn buttons. Well, not going to brand risk and to save on such items, but the underground factories – easily. Finally, just keep yourself together and remind yourself of the same saying about mice and free cheese.

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