Financial woes have been on the rise nationwide especially, with the implementation of the Full Movement Control Order (FMCO) and Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in selected localities. What’s devastating is that many people have resorted to sugaring services just to make ends meet in a pandemic-stricken country.
Sadly, some of these individuals were tricked by Sugar Mummy scams which seem to offer a payment of RM7,000 per meet — a relatively high payment. As a result, the individuals involved would eventually get embroiled in this syndicate.
The agency offering Sugar Mummy services would then request for the individuals to go through a registration process where they would have to pay an application fee, starting at a price of RM600 to RM3,000 based on the Sugar Mummy packages offered. These application fees are determined according to the class of the Sugar Mummy where Class A would require a fee of RM3,000, Class B would require a fee of RM2,000 and Class C would be at a fee of RM600.
This syndicate takes advantage of the current financial state of the country by giving a “job” and easy cash to those in dire need of it. According to the President of the Malaysian Cyber Consumer Association, Siraj Jalil, this syndicate is actively tricking people into their scams via social media. Besides that, the individuals tricked by the scams are usually embarrassed to lodge a report to the authorities due to the fact that sugaring is deemed immoral in Malaysia.
He said, “We’ve received complaints regarding this syndicate and some of the victims are those whose photos have been used by these syndicates in an exploitative manner. Their tactic involves making sure the applicant goes through an application stage where they’ll have to state their name, job, photo and the desired Sugar Mummy. We believe that each photo sent is used to threaten the victims.”
Adding on, Siraj said, “MCCA receives complaints from those who’ve lost their jobs and would want to receive easy money. As a result, they get involved in these syndicates where some of them have even lost thousands of ringgit just to get a large income. I’ve also noticed that these types of syndicates send messages to almost anyone just to get their attention and get trapped in the scams.”
This situation seems pretty frightening therefore, we urge Malaysians to not get trapped in any scams as such just to get a quick income. If you’re stuck financially, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help.