Woman In Melaka Gets Scammed Of RM54,000 While Trying To Buy Face Masks Online

After placing her order, the 3,364 boxes of face masks never arrived.

Cover image via Firdaus Latif/Malay Mail & Twitter @izzudinjfr

A clerk in Melaka recently lost RM54,000 while trying to buy several boxes of face masks online

The Star reported that on Sunday, 15 March, the 37-year-old made a payment for 3,364 boxes of face masks to a woman she found on WhatsApp.

The victim who works with an automotive company in Alor Gajah claimed that she planned to resell the masks as well as keep it for personal use.

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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 Arshadο»Ώ 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:

Previously, many local businesses were fined for selling face masks at high prices:

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