Face mask fraud: Nearly 500 cases involving RM5m



Bukit Aman Commercial CID recorded 498 cases of face mask fraud with losses amounting to almost RM5 million during the Op Covid-19 since March 18 until yesterday.

Its director, Zakaria Ahmad (photo) said during the period, 498 investigation papers were opened with 114 individuals held while 14 had been charged in court.

He said Selangor recorded the highest number of cases with 111 investigation papers opened followed by Perak (57) as well as Johor and Penang with 56 investigation papers each.

“From January to yesterday, the number of scams involving face mask sales through Facebook was 481 cases, followed by WhatsApp (94 cases) and website (33 cases),” he told Bernama today.

Demand for face masks soared following the spread of the COVID-019 outbreak. - Bernama

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