Vietnamese tourist scammed in Sim Lim Square may receive all-expenses paid trip to Singapore

Vietnamese tourist scammed in Sim Lim Square may receive all-expenses paid trip to Singapore
Images of Vietnamese tourist Mr Pham (L) and Singaporean Mr Gabriel Kang (R)

SINGAPORE - Pham Van Thoai, the Vietnamese tourist who was scammed by Sim Lim Square's Mobile Air, may return to Singapore with his girlfriend without having to pay for anything, The Straits Times reported.

This is all thanks to Mr Gabriel Kang, the Singaporean who started a donation drive on crowd-funding website, Indiegogo.

As of 8pm on Nov 6, more than $15,000 was raised.

In an interview with The Straits Times, Mr Kang, 37, said he was not surprised by the overwhelming response he had received.

He said: "I went for a meeting, and when I came out about three hours later, I had 200 Facebook messages, 600 emails, and almost (US)$3,000 had been raised!"

Mr Kang has big plans of flying Mr Pham along with his girlfriend back to Singapore for an all-expenses paid trip that includes a 5-star hotel accommodation, according to The Straits Times.

The employee of a local tech start-up said he wants to deliver the money personally to Mr Pham so that he can "make sure the money reaches him", The Straits Times reported.

Mr Pham has not been the only customer who was victimised by Mobile Air, according to Channel NewsAsia. A different customer had been given a refund at Mobile Air in the form of 18kg worth of coins.

These two cases thus prompted netizens to take charge and initiate online campaigns, one by Mr Kang and the other by satirical Facebook group SMRT Ltd (Feedback).

In the latter case, the owner of Mobile Air, Mr Jover Chew, had his photographs and private information displayed on the group's Facebook page.

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