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Hong Kong woman seeks help to collect payment from Rolex watch sale

KUALA LUMPUR: A woman from Hong Kong has travelled all the way to Malaysia to seek help from Datuk Seri Michael Chong in the hope of collecting payment from an unknown party here who bought a Rolex watch from her in an online sale.
Lau Ha Ying, 47, who lives in Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong, said she sent the watch by courier to an address in Kota Damansara, but never received any payment.
She said she realized that she had been cheated when the buyer could not be contacted anymore.
"The buyer promised to pay me HK$68,350 (about RM37,315) after several discussions on WhatsApp. But after I sent the watch to Malaysia, the money was never banked into my account," she said during a press conference at the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department here.
Lau said she bought the Rolex watch three years ago in Hong Kong for HK$367,000 (about RM200,000).
She put the watch up for sale on an online marketplace in June, via which she was approached by the buyer.
Lau said she was pressured to sell the watch at such a low price as she needed the money to pay for her daughter's tuition fees in the United States.
She said the buyer, a "Mrs Alex Robert", had previously sent her a screenshot of the banking receipt as "proof" of the fund transfer.
Lau said she then received a phone call from a "bank officer" who told her that Malaysian regulations required her to post the item to the buyer before the bank could transfer the money to her account.
She said was eventually convinced by the "bank officer" despite her initial insistence to only post the item after the funds had been received.
She flew to Malaysia recently and had lodged a report at Dang Wangi police station on Aug 28 and also to seek help from Chong.
Chong said the police are investigating the matter.

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