JOHOR BARU: Lured into a false sense of security by a pretty face, a 28-year-old port lorry driver got cheated of RM1,450 which he banked in into her account in return for two second-hand iPhones.
Mohd Shahril Hassan admitted that he may have been too trusting of the attractive looking woman.
"This is the first time that I have tried purchasing anything online and I was attracted to her profile on WeChat (a social networking mobile application).
"On her main profile page, she had advertised for anyone who wanted to purchase second hand mobile phones to contact her and so I did,” he said when speaking to reporters on Sept 25.
Mohd Shahril then said he chatted with her for about three weeks before requesting two units of the iPhone 4S.
"We talked about the price for the second hand phones and any possible discount she could offer me,” he said.
He added that after settling on RM750 for each phone, the woman insisted that he bank in the money to her account.
The market price for a new iPhone 4S is about RM1,200.
"I wanted to pay her in cash and to see the phones before I purchased them, but she was insistent I deposit the money into her account,” he said.
He said that he eventually deposited a total of RM1,450 after being given an additional RM50 discount to her Maybank account at around 1.45pm on Sept 23.
"Once I deposited the money, I send her a picture of the slip and she told me that she would pass the phones to me at the McDonald’s restaurant in City Square here.
"I waited for more than two hours and she did not show up nor reply to the messages that I sent her via WeChat,” he said.
Mohd Shahril said he realised that he had been cheated and lodged a police report the same day.
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