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3 scammers in Tainan nabbed by police that sells masks thru Facebook and Line app

The Tainan City Police Department announced that a 26-year-old man was arrested for allegedly carrying out a face mask scam through Facebook and messaging app Line, CNA reported.

It is believed the man defrauded over 100 people out of nearly NT$1 million. Two accomplices were also arrested, the police said, one for lending the suspect the phone he used to contact his victims and another for channeling the financial transactions through his bank account.

Demand for masks surged in Taiwan following the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, causing the government to introduce rationing starting on Feb. 6.

The program initially allowed holders of National Health Insurance cards to each buy two masks per week at designated pharmacies. 

That was later increased to three per week, then nine every fortnight, and an online ordering system was introduced in March.


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