Scammers cash in on virus fear


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 06 Feb 2020

Compiled by GAN XIAO TIAN, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

AS the anxiety surrounding the coronavirus outbreak continues, scammers are taking advantage of the situation to make money.

As many as 20 victims have lost more than RM5,000 attempting to buy face masks on Facebook, Sin Chew Daily reported.

A victim, who wanted to be known only as Miss Xiao, said her company had asked her to buy face masks online for employees, and she found a sellers’ group on Facebook last Friday.

“The seller was very professional in the reply. I checked the account number against those listed by the police and it seemed fine, so I made my purchase, ” she said.

Xiao then transferred RM655 for 47 boxes of face masks.

However, the seller kept giving excuses for not delivering the goods.

When she failed to get any reply from the seller after Sunday, she knew she had been cheated.

Xiao said she managed to contact seven other victims on Facebook.

They were told by the police that some 20 victims had made police reports so far.

> The daily also reported that Malaysian singer Michael Wong has been ordered to conduct “self-surveillance” for the next 14 days after Customs officers in Taiwan found that he had been in Wuhan in December.Wong was returning to Taiwan from his hometown in Ipoh on Monday.

As he was going through the automatic gate, Customs officers stopped and questioned him about his recent travel history.

“The officer said ‘Please fill in the form and you are required to self-monitor for 14 days. Call this hotline if you do not feel well’, ”the singer wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.

The officer reminded him to take care of his health and wished him all the best for his concert at the Taipei Arena next month.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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