Coronavirus : 5 people arrested for allegedly cheating customers over face masks sold on Carousell
SINGAPORE - The police have arrested four men and one woman, aged 17 to 26, for allegedly cheating customers over face masks sold on online marketplace Carousell amid the coronavirus outbreak here.. Read more at straitstimes.com.SINGAPORE - The police have arrested four men and one woman, aged 17 to 26, for allegedly cheating customers over face masks sold on online marketplace Carousell amid the coronavirus outbreak here. In a statement on Tuesday (Feb 18), the police said that since late January, they have received several reports from people who said they were cheated by sellers after they paid for face masks on Carousell. The sellers would become evasive and uncontactable after the buyers made payments through bank transfers. The police said they"take a serious view of those who take advantage of the current Covid-19 situation to perpetrate crimes", referring to the disease caused by the coronavirus which originated from China's Wuhan city. "All offenders will be dealt with sternly in accordance with the law," they added. Working with Carousell, the police identified five suspects: Those found guilty of cheating can be jailed up to 10 years and fined. The police added that they received more than 90 reports from people alleging that a company, MedicalLex, had failed to deliver the masks they had bought online. The police are looking into the matter. They advised the public to take the following precautions when shopping online during the coronavirus outbreak: Members of the public can visit www.scamalert.sg or call the anti-scam hotline on 1800-722-6688 for more information on scams. Anyone with information on such scams may call the police hotline on 1800-255-0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness All information will be kept strictly confidential. Related Stories: Read more: The Straits Times
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