A struggling student trying to sell sex for her university education was swindled by a pimp who asked her to pay to secure lucrative jobs with sugar daddies.
A 22-year-old woman known as Amy was cheated of RM12,000 while her 19-year-old friend lost RM2,000 in a scam that promised them attractive income catering to sugar daddies.
At a press conference organised by MCA’s Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong, Amy claimed that a man, known as Mike, contacted her last November and offered to arrange a promising job for her and her friend.
“He contacted me via WhatsApp and said he got my number from a mutual friend. He claimed the sugar daddy work would give us lucrative returns,” she said.
The university student was looking for a part-time job to help pay her college fees.
Apparently, Mike told Amy that payment for working for these sugar daddies varied, with the rate to accompany the sugar daddy overseas being RM6,000 while a single “date” will earn her RM1,000.
To secure the job, he asked Amy to pay RM12,000 as a deposit to allegedly open an account with the company.
“He said after I deposit the money, I could start work,” she said.
Amy’s friend, who was short of funds, paid only RM2,000 to Mike.
Instead of getting the job, Amy was later asked to put in another RM750, which Mike claimed was the last deposit.
“After I paid the money in instalments, he then asked for another RM750 for processing and GST.
“I began to suspect something amiss so I decided not to go through with the arrangement. I asked for a refund but Mike refused,” Amy said.
She then realised it was a scam.
Chong said it took a lot of courage for the victim to come forward.
“I hope other girls out there are not so easily fooled by promises of easy money. We must use common sense and not be conned in such a manner.
“Students who are looking for extra income should take up legal part-time jobs and not look for short-cuts to earn fast money,” Chong said.
He said the department had also received complaints where women have been blackmailed and some cheated into prostitution and other vice activities.
“There are all kinds of scammers out there and it is up to us to remain vigilant and make sure we do not fall victim to them,” he added.