Expats warned of scamming conmen in Korea

Published:  20 Jun at 9 AM
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Foreigners living in South Korea are being conned into buying non-existent electrical products through advertisements on hacked or fake Facebook accounts.

Initial investigations suspect that at least one of the scammers is Nigerian based.

Conmen using real Facebook accounts in Korea, with real people and images, as well as the country’s Alien Registration Card (ARC), are targeting unsuspecting expats.

One such scammer, under the name Mc Neill Taylor, used Khan Nafees Ahmad from Pakistan’s ARC card, and even used the man’s actual images on the Facebook profile. The conman was using a number of Facebook sites to sell Samsung smart TVs, Apple iPhones and new Mac Book Pros.

Authorities have said that the scam is easy; the scammers simply have to hack into a Facebook account or set up a new one, then change their location to Korea. They then upload photos of the electronic goods they want to sell, offering them for less than the market value, and wait for interested parties to contact them.

Once contacted, the conmen ask for a large deposit and says the item will be delivered within 48 hours via courier. The buyer is then blocked from the scammer’s Facebook account and the product never arrives.

Expats in the country are now being advised to be cautious about buying such products from an unknown source.
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