Customs seized over $10 million worth of counterfeit Rolex watches | News

It may be time to check the authenticity of your new luxury watch.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Indianapolis seized two shipments of counterfeit Rolex watches on April 27 and 29. The fake luxury watches would have had a total value of $10.1 million if they were real, according to a CBP press release.

Both shipments originated from Hong Kong and were destined for Brooklyn, New York, CBP said. The agency was informed by intelligence gathering and a history of fraudulent shipments from the same vendor, prompting them to detain and inspect the two April shipments, CBP said.

The April 27 shipment contained 300 counterfeit Rolex watches and the April 29 shipment contained 160 counterfeit Rolex watches, according to the press release.

“No one buys a luxury brand watch expecting it to break or fall apart,” said LaFonda Sutton-Burke, director of field operations for CBP Chicago, in the statement. Press.

“As consumers increasingly buy from online or third-party vendors, our agents are on the front lines of guarding against fraudsters who hope to make money selling counterfeit goods.”

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