Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fake medical chits, fake insurance, fake cooking oil and now fake mobile phones

Several unscrupulous mobile phone dealers operating from a well-known shopping mall here have been cheating tourists by selling fake, dummy and second-hand phones by passing them off as genuine and new units.

The unsuspecting tourists, thinking that they had bought the units for a bargain, only realised they had been conned when the mobile phone did not function properly.

City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh said police, along with the Federal Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Department, raided the shopping mall at around 1.30pm on Feb 25.

“We seized 114 mobile phones which we believe are fake,” he said at the Brickfields police headquarters yesterday, adding that the police also arrested 12 men aged between 27 and 30 in connection with the sale of the mobile phones.

He said that during the raid, a man had approached four policemen who were inspecting his shop and attempted to bribe them with RM1,500.

“The 27-year-old man was immediately arrested,” he said.

DCP Mohmad also said the 12 remaining suspects had been remanded to facilitate investigations - The Star