Singapore police warn of online bak kwa scams ahead of Chinese New Year

There have been scams involving the sale of dried meat, also known as bak kwa, detected in Singapore, police said. — SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star

SINGAPORE: Buying sweet-and-salty dried meats has turned into a sour experience for some consumers here, after their online orders failed to materialise.

The police have warned the public about online scams involving festive goods in the lead-up to Chinese New Year.

There have been scams involving the sale of bak kwa detected in Singapore, police said on Feb 4.

Scammers would post advertisements on Facebook, claiming to sell the bak kwa in Singapore. The victims were required to place orders via Facebook and make full payment through PayNow or bank transfer.

“The victims only discovered that they have been scammed when they did not receive the bak kwa and realised that the seller had become uncontactable,” said the police.

The dried meats distributor mentioned in the scam posts is based in Malaysia; it has no physical outlets in Singapore. Its official website states that all of its products are already out of stock, even though customers can still buy its bak kwa at physical outlets.

The police urged members of the public to take precautionary measures when shopping online. These include buying only from authorised and reputable sellers; checking existing customer reviews and ratings to verify sellers’ profiles; and to insist on cash on delivery when purchasing from online classified advertisements.

Only meat products from approved sources can be imported or brought into Singapore, the police added. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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