S'pore man offers S$1,000 to find alleged Carousell surgical mask scammer

More have been scammed.

Fasiha Nazren | February 16, 2020, 11:56 AM

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A man in Singapore is awarding S$1,000 to anyone who can find a person who had allegedly been falsely selling surgical masks on Carousell.

S$750 for 30 boxes

On Feb. 16, a Facebook post by 谢育 was shared to warn others of a surgical mask scam on Carousell.

Photo from 谢育 on Facebook.

According to a screenshot of the listing, a box of 50 masks was going for S$25.

A box of 50 surgical masks at Watsons originally retails for S$12.

However, as he and his friends wanted to buy the masks to "help society", they had ordered 30 boxes and transferred a sum of S$750 via PayNow to the seller.

Photo from 谢育 on Facebook.

The seller was supposed to deliver the masks to his office address by 6:00pm that day.

However, the seller never came.

Instead, he found out that the seller had already deleted the Carousell account.

Impersonated local healthcare retailer

The PayNow account that he had transferred to was named "Pharmex", a legitimate healthcare retailer in Singapore.

However, it is worth noting that Pharmex Healthcare Pte Ltd has clarified through a Facebook post that they have been impersonated.

They added that they only do transactions via their three retail stores in Singapore as well as their online store.

The company has also lodged a police report.

More scammed

After putting up the post on Facebook, more people had reached out to him to share their experience on Carousell.

Others have spent between S$60 to S$1,000 on the masks.

While the seller seems to operate using several different Carousell accounts, the contact numbers that were given to do a PayNow transaction were the same.

The seller had apparently used several aliases, including "Jackson" and "Justin Choong".

Photo from 谢育 on Facebook.

Photo from 谢育 on Facebook.

The Facebook user has lodged a police report.

Mothership has reached out to the police for comment and will update the article with more information.

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Top image from 谢育 on Facebook.