Handyman loses money, girlfriend in gigolo scam

PETALING JAYA: For some reason, a handyman in Kuantan reasoned that becoming a male escort to earn extra cash would help him win back his girlfriend.

Sadly for the 37-year-old known as Choo, not only is he now RM2,500 poorer, but it is unlikely he will ever get back with his significant other.

According to a report by The Star, Choo was introduced to a male escort agent identified only as Kent who told him he could earn up to RM3,000 for three hours’ work.

Seduced by the prospect of earning easy money, Choo did not hesitate to deposit RM1,000 into the agent’s bank account as processing fees and another RM1,500 as finder’s fees.

He was then told his first client would be a 35-year-old bank manager. His client however did not turn up for the 2:45am appointment on July 3.

“I tried to contact Kent but he had blocked me. I then realised I had been cheated. I just want Kent to return my money,” he said at a press conference held at the office of Teruntum assemblyman Sim Chon Siang here today.

To make matters worse for the would-be gigolo, his girlfriend discovered what he had attempted to do and has since given him the cold shoulder.

Sim advised Choo to lodge a police report as he was a victim of a scam.

He also revealed that a check with the Companies Commission revealed that Kent’s bank account was registered as a clothing and accessories shop in Kuala Lumpur.

“This may be a syndicate that has cheated many men,” he was quoted as saying.