SINGAPORE - A 30-year-old property agent thought he was about to clinch a deal with an interested buyer of a $35,000 Rolex watch, after listing it on online marketplace Carousell.
But he later found out that the watch had appeared to be swopped with a fake one during a meeting instead.
The man, who gave his name as Tang Guoxian, told Chinese-language newspaper Shin Min Daily News on Wednesday (Jan 24) that he had planned to use the money to buy a house with his fiancee. He has since made a police report about the alleged theft.
The police, in response to queries, confirmed that a report has been lodged and investigations are ongoing.
Chinese-language newspaper Lianhe Wanbao reported that the watch was worth $35,000. Mr Tang told the newspaper that he was an active Carousell user and would often list Rolex and Panerai watches for sale.
Mr Tang told Shin Min that the buyer had contacted him on Tuesday at about 5.45pm.
As he was busy at the time, he told his fiancee to meet the buyer at the void deck of his Boon Keng Road home with the watch.
"After looking at the watch, he said that he needed some time to consider and then left in a hurry," Mr Tang said.
He added that the buyer had insisted on placing the watch back into its box, and his fiancee did not think too much of his request.
However, when he returned home later that night, he realised that the colour of the watch appeared different and it also felt lighter than usual.
Upon realising that he may have been cheated, he tried to contact the buyer but to no avail.
He added that the buyer has since shut all his social media accounts.
Determined to track the buyer down, he went on the Internet and managed to find his home address and mobile number.
He paid a visit to the flat, where he met the buyer's mother at the door.
When she heard that her son may be involved in the theft, she apologised to Mr Tang and even went on her knees to plead for forgiveness, according to Shin Min.
A man, who claimed to be the buyer's father, told Shin Min on Wednesday that he was shocked to hear of the case.
He said: "My son is a good person. My family is disappointed to hear of the claims made against him."