SIBU: A businessman lost RM266,153 in a non-existent face mask business.
Sibu OCPD ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said at about 7pm on Wednesday (Feb 19), the 36-year old victim received a call from his friend Low from Singapore who asked him to find face mask as the republic had ran out of stock due to the outbreak of Covid-19 virus.
“The victim then wrote on his Facebook account that he was looking for the item. Soon after, a person who identified himself as Heston Seah responded,” he said.
The victim was told by Heston that he was selling the mask at Singapore $14 per box.
Attracted by the offer, he placed an order for 20,000 boxes costing RM266,153.
“After making the payment, the victim told his Singaporean friend that the face masks would be sent to his home address,” he said.
However after payment was made, his Singaporean friend did not receive the items while Heston had disappeared.
Stanley said the case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating.