SINGAPORE - A 30-year-old air stewardess has been reportedly selling designer bags online and convincing customers to pay an initial deposit - only to never actually deliver the bags.
Some victims have lodged police reports, while others have gone to the Small Claims Tribunals. She is estimated to have cheated victims of a total sum as high as $500,000.
Lianhe Wanbao reported that since last October, there have been several Internet users claiming to have been scammed in a similar manner.
One of the victims, who uses the online nickname of Pinkmama85, agreed to share her side of the story. The 29-year old woman said that in July last year, she came across the stewardess' online offer of selling designer bags at a discounted price. Taken in by the offer, she placed an order for five bags and transferred $30,000 to the stewardess' bank account.
Later in September, she received a bag from the stewardess worth $15,000. Attempts to contact the stewardess on the other bags were either brushed off or ignored. In November, the seller became uncontactable.
She later learned that she was not the only victim when online research unveiled other victims. One of them told her that she had lost $10,000 to the scammer.
Not wanting others to fall prey to the purported scam, some of the victims have uploaded and shared a photo of the stewardess online, hoping that other victims might come forward too.
The uploaded photo shows a sweet-looking air stewardess in her uniform.
Lianhe Wanbao reported that it is common for flight attendants to leverage on their business trips abroad to purchase brand name products at cheaper prices for others. With designer bags easily costing three to four thousand dollars each, selling them back in Singapore allows these attendants to earn a commission on these purchases.