Police alerting public to 'Hock Moon Hiong' bak kwa online scam

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·1 min read
Bak kwa, a popular snack during the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Bak kwa, a popular snack during the Chinese New Year celebrations. (PHOTO: Reuters/Loriene Perera)

SINGAPORE — The Singapore police are advising the public to be alert to scams involving the sale of bak kwa, the dried-meat snack which is popular during the Chinese New Year period.

In a media release on Thursday (4 February), police said that scammers would post post advertisements on Facebook, claiming to sell “Hock Moon Hiong” bak kwa – a famous brand based in Malaysia – in Singapore.

Victims were required to place orders via Facebook and make full payment via PayNow or bank transfer.

They only discovered that they have been scammed when they did not receive the bak kwa and realised that the seller had become uncontactable.

Preventive measures to avoid being scammed

Police advise the public to adopt these preventive measures:

  • If the deal is too good to be true, it probably is. Purchase only from authorised sellers or reputable sources.

  • Only meat products from approved sources can be imported or brought into Singapore.

  • Verify seller’s profile on online marketplaces through customer reviews and ratings.

  • If responding to online classified advertisements, always insist on cash on delivery.

Those have information related to such crimes, or if they are in doubt, please call the police hotline at 1800-2550000, or submit it online. Please call 999 if urgent police assistance is required.

For more information on scams, the public can visit the Scam Alert website or call the anti-scam hotline at 1800-7226688. Join the “Spot the Signs. Stop the Crimes” campaign to receive up-to-date messages and share them with family and friends.

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