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A woman wearing the protective face mask passes by a shopping mall in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, on May 6, 2020. — Picture by FIKRI YUSOF/SELANGORKINI

Be vigilant against face mask scammers after ‘surge’ in cases — MB

By Sheeda Fathil

SHAH ALAM, June 5 — The Selangor Menteri Besar has advised the public to stay vigilant against face mask sale scam on online platforms.

This is following the surge in such fraudulent cases, with the highest number reported in Selangor.

“Face mask is essential in our new normal routine but we should avoid falling victim to such online syndicates.

“Verify the purchases (of the face masks),” Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari wrote on his official Twitter account yesterday.

Amirudin had also shared a guideline on purchasing face masks, which includes checking the buyers’ comments or reviews, avoid wholesale purchase and verify the legitimacy of the seller by checking via the Commercial Crime Investigation Department’s website.

Selangor has recorded a total of 122 cases of fraud involving the sale of face masks, which is the highest recorded figure in the country since March 18.

Police have opened 572 investigation papers on such fraud cases, with an estimated loss amounting to RM5.5 million.

To date, 181 individuals have been arrested while 53 were charged in court.

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