28 Apr '11, 7am

Police probing online commerce fraud - AsiaOne

Police probing online commerce fraud - AsiaOne

By Kang Yoon-seung Intern reporter A woman in Gwangju requested a police investigation after she received a can of butane gas from an online seller instead of the iPod she had paid for. Kim ordered an iPod from an online second-hand vendor who offered it at half the market price. After a phone call with the seller, the woman sent half of the money to the vendor's account. But what Kim received was a can of butane gas. Kim tried to reach the seller but the phone number no longer existed. It is the latest in a spate of online fraud cases. "One must be careful when dealing with direct sellers who court clients with low prices," police said. In recent online fraud cases, customers reported that they received empty alcohol bottles, stacks of newspapers or bricks instead of the goods they paid for. In a typical on-line transaction for used goods in Korea, the buyer first sends t...

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