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A Japanese man has been officially arrested and charged with violating the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, which protects companies from unlawfully reproducing its goods for profit, for selling counterfeit amiibo cards.

Over the course of 2019, he was able to sell 22 counterfeit amiibo cards for a profit of roughly $821, with his reasoning for selling the cards being, “Life is hard, so I purchased the counterfeit amiibo cards and resold them for a small profit.”


Interestingly, a similar crime was committed last year by a Taiwanese man. He, too, was arrested and taken into custody over the selling of fake amiibo cards.

Please note: The photos used in this article are examples of previously manufactured fake amiibo cards. They are not photos of this particular instance.


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Written by Caleb Mina

A father, photographer, and husband, Caleb still finds time to create content about his favorite company Nintendo. You can still catch him riding a Tauros to hatch Shiny Pokémon eggs.