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South Korean accused of cooking up phone claim
為詐財 南韓男子微波手機謊稱爆炸

A visitor looks at exhibits in the Samsung Electronics gallery of the Samsung Electronics headquarters in Seoul, South Korea on Jan. 7.


A South Korean has been arrested for allegedly cooking his mobile phone in a microwave oven and then claiming damages from the manufacturer, Samsung Electronics, police said on Jan. 21.

The 28-year-old, identified only as Lee, is accused of accepting compensation of five million won (about NT$130,000) from the firm after claiming his phone had exploded while being charged.

But the National Institute of Scientific Investigation in South Korea concluded that the phone was “artificially modified” by exposure to electromagnetic waves in a microwave oven, police said in a statement.

Lee staged about 50 one-man protests in front of Samsung Electronics’ headquarters and at Incheon International Airport before receiving compensation.







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