The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has raided an Instagram seller's apartment in Selangor for allegedly selling counterfeit branded perfume
Muhammad Zikril said that the 26-year-old seller told her customers that the products were original
The woman, assisted by her husband, has been operating the business from the apartment unit for about a year, and marketed her products through Instagram and Facebook.
They had mostly local customers, but the team found shipment delivery slips and banking transaction receipts that revealed they also had buyers from Singapore and Brunei.
"A preliminary investigation found that the perfumes were being sold for as low as RM150 to RM200, with thousands of ringgit in profits made every month," said the Selangor KPDNHEP director.
"The victims were told that the products were genuine."
In a video taken by Bernama, brands seen sold by the woman included Victoria's Secret, Chanel, Juicy Couture, and Dunhill.
The woman was detained by the police yesterday but was released on bail on the same day
Muhammad Zikril said she will still be called to testify soon, with the case being investigated under Section 102(1)(b) of the Trademarks Act 2019 for selling or offering goods with falsely applied registered trademarks.
If the owner of the goods is found guilty, they can be fined not more than RM10,000 for each fake item or imprisoned for not more than three years, or both.
However, the Instagram seller seems unfazed by the raid
Netizens have since identified the seller by recognising her apartment in the videos and photos taken by the national news agency.
"Just let them do their job. They came to check because someone reported," the woman wrote in an Instagram post today, 21 October, while promoting a Tom Ford perfume.