A clerk in Melaka recently lost RM54,000 while trying to buy several boxes of face masks online
She was promised that a lorry carrying the face masks would arrive at her house by 8pm on 17 March.
However, she never received the items and the seller could not be contacted anymore.
Feeling cheated, the woman decided to file a police report.
Alor Gajah OCPD Supt Arshad Abu told Bernama that the scammer had asked the woman to deposit the amount into a CIMB Bank account belonging to someone named 'Rita'.
"The woman deposited RM54,000 in two transactions between 16 March and 17 March at a bank nearby," he added.
The case is currently being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating
If found guilty, violators could face up to 10 years of imprisonment and they shall also be liable to a fine.
Meanwhile, Supt Arshad urges the public to be wary when purchasing face masks online amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the shortage of supplies, the public has been told that they do not need to wear face masks unless exhibiting flu-like symptoms:
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