Sibu businessman loses RM266,153 in face mask scam

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SIBU, Feb 20: A businessman was cheated of RM266,153 in a face mask scam.

According to Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit, the 36-year-old victim received a call from his friend in Singapore yesterday evening requesting for help to source face masks as there was a shortage in the island republic due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Soon after uploading a post on social media disclosing he was looking for face masks, the victim was contacted by someone who identified himself as Heston Seah who said he was selling the said masks at SGD14 per box.

The victim then placed an order for 20,000 boxes costing RM266,153 and informed his Singaporean contact that the face masks would be sent to his address. However, after the payment was made, the masks were never delivered and Heston Seah could not be reached.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating. — DayakDaily