PETALING JAYA- It was a little joke that became magnified after it was presented at a press conference. It has come to light that the story of a man who bought a "penis enlarger" online but got a magnifying glass instead is a hoax.
It was reported that the man had bought the device for RM450 (S$174.64) but received a magnifying glass with the instructions: "Do not use in sunlight."
MCA Public Service and Complaints Department chairman Datuk Seri Michael Chong clarified yesterday that the story was an example included in his press conference on Tuesday to highlight the dangers of buying online.
He himself was initially unaware that it was a hoax.
"Many of my friends forwarded the message to me and requested that I warn the public about the scam," Chong told The Star.
"I receive many complaints about these scams every day. If this was a hoax, it sure was a funny one."
Chong explained that having to deal with online scam victims regularly, his priority was to raise awareness on the issue and to help the victims.
"There are penis enlargement advertisements floating around the Internet, many of which are dubious in nature," he said.
Chong said he had received many calls from his acquaintances after the story was published on Tuesday.
"The story had them laughing, no doubt. If humour is what it takes for the message to sink in, then where's the harm in that?
"My message is still the same: Buyers must be careful when purchasing things online," he said.