Coronavirus: HK man who ‘cheated woman by claiming he had 10 boxes of face masks’ held in custody

05-Feb-2020 Intellasia | 05-FEB-2020 Ontellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A Hong Kong warehouseman who allegedly cheated a woman into paying him HK$1,000 (US$129) by claiming he had 10 boxes of face masks for sale has been held in custody.

Kwok Tsz-hin, 24, was charged on Monday with one count of fraud, punishable by 14 years’ imprisonment, after one shopper reported him.

He was sent to jail pending further investigations after the prosecution voiced objections to his release.

Prosecutors at Kowloon City Court said the shopper, Shirley Chan Pui-sai, paid Kwok HK$1,000 for 10 boxes of masks on January 25 after seeing a social media post.

The case was among the limited numbers brought before three magistrates on Monday as the courts continue to adjourn due to public health concerns, except to handle urgent matters such as fresh arrests.

Hong Kong authorities have urged the public to be cautious amid the frenzied buying of masks in a city gripped by the deadly coronavirus outbreak, as there have been instances of online scams and seizures of suspicious products.

Kwok was not required to enter a plea against Chan’s complaint as prosecutors needed eight more weeks to conduct further investigations.

The case was adjourned to March 30 at West Kowloon Court by acting principal magistrate Ada Yim Shun-yee.


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