Photo: Shuttered Mobile Air, which recently reduced a Vietnamese tourist to tears; Ilyas Sholihyn
Stories are escaping left, right, centre on the despicable conduct of some salesmen at Sim Lim Square.
With over 400 tenants offering about the same variety of tech-related products and services, the shopping mall along Rochor Canal Road is not known for its good business practices — at least among long-time Singapore residents — but recent events have put it in an unnaturally glaring spotlight.
Here’s all we know so far, including recent reports and a list of stores best to avoid:
In October, a woman called the police when Mobile Air (#01-41) paid out her refund worth over $1,000 in coins
CASE announced they were watching the store closely
Recently, the High Court imposed permanent injunction against another notorious store Cyber Maestro
Mobile Air reported to have stealthily overcharged a Vietnamese tourist by $1,500, reducing him to tears
International student claims another shop Mobile 22, also made her cry by secretly overcharging her $1,000
End of privacy for Mobile Air owner Jover Chew — they even knew what he ordered for lunch
J2 Mobile denies business relations with Jover Chew
Over $10k USD raised for scammed Vietnamese tourist in crowdfunding campaign
Chinese embassy warns citizens of electronic goods fraud in Singapore
Video: Singapore’s wackiest ah beng Steven Lim wants to donate $1k to Vietnamese tourist
No more help, says Vietnamese tourist scammed at Sim Lim Square
STB offers assistance to scammed Vietnamese tourist
What will happen to $12k now that Mr. Pham doesn’t want it?
Shady businesses keep coming back under different names: CASE
On-site kiosk for customers to file cases against Sim Lim Square jerks
Singapore ‘troll site’ gets Paypal account suspended amid law-breaking speculation
SMRT Ltd (Feedback) goes down, two new pages come up (one’s dedicated to Jover Chew)
CASE seeking injunction against Mobile Air, may take months
Unbelievable: Mobile Air on Facebook is taking denial to another level
LATEST: Video: Police seize documents, equipment, products from Mobile Air in two-hour raid
Stores to Avoid
According to the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE), these 10 stores have racked up the most number of complaints from August to October, 2014:
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