KUALA LUMPUR – The police busted a sex service and social escort scam syndicate led by two Nigerian students using the picture of the Sultanah of Kedah.
They were suspected to create an Instagram account offering Sugar Mummy, Sugar Daddy and Sugar Baby services.
To make the matter worse, the suspects also used the picture of Tuanku Sultanah Kedah to attract and trick their victims which led to a police report lodged by the Private Secretary of the Sultanah.
Deputy Director of Commercial Crime Investigation Department of Bukit Aman, Datuk Mohd Kamaruddin Md Din said that the activity was busted after the police report was lodged on 10 July 2020.
A thorough investigation was made prior to a successful raid on 5 January at an apartment in Persiaran Saujana Utama, Bandar Saujana Putra Jenjarom, Selangor.
The two Nigerians aged 31 and 25 are students at a private college in the capital city.
“Further investigation on the suspects found that they create a fake Instagram account by uploading the picture of Tuanku Sultanah which clearly tarnished the sovereignty of the Kedah royal institution.
“The suspects used it as a scam medium for Asia Dating Hookup and Alliance Dating Hookup websites by offering advertisement for sugar baby services and a scam by offering payment between RM6,000 and RM8,000 per service night for registered members.
“Sugar babies who wish to work needs to pay a registration fee of RM400 for the non-existent membership allegedly registered in Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai,” he said in a news conference today.
Mohd Kamaruddin added, the two suspects are business administration students and one of them has a student card.
The police then confiscated seven mobile phones, three laptops, one modem, one router, 12 simcards, RM138 in cash and two ATM cards.
According to him, further investigation on the two suspects was also conducted following nine other police reports involving online purchase fraud, telecommunication and Love Sam involving the loss of RM768,145.
The duo are remanded for four days until 9 January and it will be extended to assist into investigation under Section 420 of the Penal Code for internet cheating offences.
He also said that the police are increasing its investigation to identify other people who are involved in seeking financial resources from the similar syndicate.
“The modus operandi of the two suspects is using Instagram and communicate with their targeted victims by offering sugar daddy, sugar mummy and sugar babies services under Alliance Dating Hookup, an agency which help gays and lesbians who are willing to pay up to RM7,000 and RM7,500 for a night,” he said.
The syndicate also asked the interested clients to sign a six-month contract and they can only meet their partner once or twice per week.
In each meetup, the sugar daddy or mummy will pay RM7,500 and other benefits besides monthly allowances throughout the six-month contract if they are able to satisfy their partner.
The syndicate also alleged that they have rich Malay, Chinese and Indian sugar mummies aged between 29 and 60 in Malaysia and Singapore.
Mohd Kamaruddin said, the police will acquire all personal data provided by the clients who contacted and communicated with the syndicate on Instagram and they will be called to record their statements.
“I am sure that they would feel embarrassed for being cheated and influenced by the offer of the Instagram syndicate, thus, we will investigate all of them and request them to come forward later.
“I advise the people out there to be careful if they receive any offers or reward, and check the authenticity of the company or personnel when making online payment, especially foreign online friends.
“Please check with PDRM at http://ccid.rmp.gov.my or download the Semak Mule CCID application from the Google Play Store before making any transactions. Do not answer calls from suspicious numbers,” he emphasized. –MalaysiaGazette