A Singaporean man who helped raise fund to buy an iPhone 6 for a Vietnamese tourist who was scammed when buying one in Singapore last year is on a trip to Vietnam to donate money to a local orphanage.
Gabriel Kang said that all 2,000 Singaporean dollar (US$1,600) proceeds from an auction of the iPhone 6, which Kang raised funds to buy, was donated to the Thien Binh orphanage in Bien Hoa town, southern Vietnam.
Kang had bought the smartphone as a gift for the scammed victim
Pham Van Thoai, who however refused to take it.
Kang, 37, also brought around 13 kilos of chocolate, which he bought using his own money, to the local orphanage.
He was behind an online campaign to refund Thoai, who was filmed reduced to tears after being asked to pay more for an iPhone 6 than he expected by Sim Lim Square mobile-phone store Mobile Air in November.
Thoai was told that he had to pay $950, but another charge of $1,500 was added without him knowing. Desperate, he breaks down and begs for a refund.
The video clip of Thoai pleading for a refund from the errant retailer went viral.
Kang led a crowdfunding effort via Indiegogo to buy Thoai an iPhone. He raised $16,000, and bought an 64GB iPhone 6 Plus and some Singapore goodies for the tourist. Thoai accepted the goodies, but declined the phone and money as he had accepted an earlier donation.