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Tourist iPhone scam in Singapore goes viral

iPhone 6 scam in Singapore triggers global response.
iPhone. Image by Omar Jordan Fawahl / CC BY-SA 2.0

The story of a Vietnamese tourist allegedly scammed in Singapore while trying to buy an iPhone 6 for his girlfriend has inspired crowdfunders to raise almost US$12,000 to help him. Factory worker Pham Van Thoai was filmed in tears after being duped into paying an additional US$1000 in ‘warranty fees’ for the US$733 mobile phone he purchased in Singapore electronics mall Sim Lim Square. Despite the huge sum collected on his behalf, Van Thoai, who earns just $146/month, said he would only accept the amount he had to forfeit at the store. Read more: straitstimes.com