Who you going to call? Fraud Busters?

With my checkered background as a former sociologist cum criminologist, I even spent a memorable summer studying European crime/criminal justice at Universiteit Leiden Instituut voor Strafrecht & Criminologie. The Dutch criminologists presented papers on different kinds of fraud, but none on watch fraud.

Is there a Swiss enforcement agency that specializes in Watch Fraud? I've worked with investigators who are Interpol reps, but I was curious about an actual Swiss agency that investigates such fraud. As we've all seen examples of questionable Vacheron Constantin watches on THL, I'd think there'd be some Swiss agency to protect the Swiss brand.

In the meantime, I'll see what I can find out.

AFAIK their is no specific agency for this as this will fall under general
06/14/2016 - 16:29

fraud or IP infringement 

Fleabay takes the view
06/14/2016 - 16:36

that its a trademark issue.  They require a brand register their legal ownership of name and logos, and then will only act on complaint of the owner.

The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH Fraud Reporting
06/14/2016 - 16:57

Thanks Alex & Dean

Reporting Swiss Watch fraud to The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH through their Website  seems to be one place, but I wonder who they call. Their site indicates that counterfeiting is a crime; so they may have the criminal law and law enforcement to back them up.

They show the usual pictures of a steam roller crusing counterfeit watches, but whether that was mandated by a "destruction of property" order by the courts from a civil action or a straight up criminal law enforcement -- like the DEA putting on a show of burning up cocaine or pot-- I don't know.

I'll contact the Federation and see what they have to say, but if anyone knows more I'd like to hear about it.

PS: Was that link OK, Alex?