Go­ing loco over Four Loko

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KONG SEE HOH

SCAMMERS tak­ing ad­van­tage of young peo­ple’s cu­rios­ity about the much-hyped Four Loko, a trendy al­co­holic bev­er­age, are mak­ing a killing via fraud­u­lent on­line trans­ac­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port aptly head­lined “Lose Vir­gin­ity Liquor be­comes Lose Money Liquor” in Sin Chew Daily yes­ter­day, many young peo­ple who placed or­ders and made pay­ments only re­alised they were cheated when they did not re­ceive the goods weeks af­ter.

The “sell­ers” had promised the mer­chan­dise would be de­liv­ered within three work­ing days.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, a Face­book page set up early this month to pro­mote the 12%-al­co­hol bev­er­age has re­ceived more than 8,600 likes.

Apart from em­pha­sis­ing that all 12 flavours of the bev­er­age are avail­able, the “sell­ers” al­low cus­tomers to have a mix of all the flavours in a sin­gle or­der for a min­i­mum of 12 cans.

A chal­lenge by the “sell­ers” to po­ten­tial buy­ers to stay sober enough to call them af­ter con­sum­ing two cans of Four Loko within an hour and win RM8,888 plus one year’s sup­ply of free bev­er­age had ap­par­ently pumped up the young­sters to ac­cept the dare.

It is be­lieved the so-called “tes­ti­monies” of buy­ers singing praises for the mer­chan­dise they “re­ceived” have caused many po­ten­tial cus­tomers to let down their guard. The orig­i­nal Four Loko had drawn con­tro­versy over its po­tent mix of caf­feine and al­co­hol.

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