Friday , June 21 2024

Durians selling for half usual price fool online buyers

Durians selling for VND35,000 ($1.49) per kilogram, half their usual price, are being advertised by online sellers as the best quality, but customers are not receiving their orders.

A social media user named Hoang said recently on Facebook that he was able to buy a large amount of durian from the central highland province of Dak Lak and the Mekong Delta.

“I have been selling durians for 10 years,” he said in a Facebook posting. “My prices are always lower than average.” He added that anyone who put down a deposit would receive the durians within one or two days.

A Facebook page of a farmer named Tuan Anh in Ben Tre Province posted that he had an unlimited amount of durians and that customers need to put down a deposit of VND700,000 for 20 kilograms.

A 30% deposit is needed for a 1,000-kilogram purchase, the post said.

Customers, however, only found out that they were cheated after making the deposits to these pages.

Hoang Anh in Hanoi’s Cau Giay District said she transferred VND7 million to a seller in exchange for 200 kilograms of Ri 6 durian, but after that she was unable to contact the buyer again.

Another buyer in Hanoi, Lan, said that the seller even sent her videos of them cutting open the durians. She transferred VND10 million but never received anything.

Images of durians are posted by scammers on social media. Photos obtained by VnExpress

Images of durians are posted by scammers on social media. Photos obtained by VnExpress

The pictures of the seller’s ID turned out to be fake, and the videos taken from legitimate sellers in southern Vietnam.

One of the authentic sellers, Dang Manh Khuong in Can Tho City, said that he has been receiving accusations of fraud for the last week as the fraudsters took his personal information and used it on social media to trick buyers.

There is no durian priced at VND35,000 per kilogram during this time, he said.

Southern farms are selling durians at VND80,000 per kilogram for the best quality. The cheapest is sold at VND55,000.

Thu Duc Market in Ho Chi Minh City also confirmed that there are no durians selling for VND35,000.

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