10 Feb '12, 3pm

Taiwan man detained in Sesame Street doll scam

TAIPEI (AFP) - A Taiwanese man was taken into custody for allegedly swindling millions of Taiwan dollars by selling Sesame Street dolls and other items which he claimed had 'magic powers,' police said on Friday. The suspect, identified by his surname Lin, was accused of conning some NT$3 million (S$128,000) from a businessman with products including an Elmo doll, a Sesame Street muppet, which he said was 'holy' and could bring luck, they said. The man, who claimed Lin also asked him to 'buy property in the underworld,' later contacted the police after he realised he had been scammed. Lin was also suspected of selling the dolls to other victims for up to NT$1 million apiece, as well as touting a variety of products for their alleged healing effects.

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