KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 13): Hartalega Holdings Bhd has issued a scam alert, alleging that there has been selling of fake Hartalega rubber glove brands by fraudsters, who claimed to be authorised agents or representatives of the rubber glove manufacturer, amid a global shortage of the product due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hartalega said in a statement on its website that it does not authorise any agents to approach new enquiries or represent the company in the exportation of its gloves.
"Due to the global glove shortage, please beware of fraudsters who may impersonate Hartalega,” the company said.
According to Hartalega, the fraudulent acts included fraudsters’ claims of being able to provide glove volume and the soliciting of deposits to secure glove stocks.
Hartalega claims on its website that the company is the inventor of the world’s first lightweight nitrile glove, which caused a demand shift from latex to nitrile gloves all over the globe.
"Needless to say, we are now the largest producer of nitrile gloves in the world, capable of manufacturing 36 billion gloves a year and will progressively expand to 43.7 billion gloves in 2020,” the company claimed.
On Bursa Malaysia today, Hartalega’s share price had risen 46 sen or 2.85% to RM16.58 at 3.23pm, with a market value of about RM56.87 billion. The stock saw some five million shares traded.