DO NOT entertain or approach any durian seller whom you do not know at all,
especially pasar malam, an event which they move from one place to another ....
Personally, I had a similar experience at Raju's in Petaling Jaya sometime early this year, 2010.
As we had finished our roti canai at Raju's, a "decent" looking youth came up to me with a
durian with a "window" opened to show a nice and tempting durian flesh inside. Yummy, so I
He led me to this van half-filled with durians and promptly told his burly buddy that this boss
(that's me) wanted to buy. This fellow just picked a huge durian and proceeded to open it.
Then in quick succession, he had already opened 3 fruits.
I frantically stopped him and said that I actually wanted one only.
The usual concluding statement from him was, "What am I going to do withthese 3
opened durians ?"
I asked how much?
He answered, "RM280.00"!!
I uttered, "That's robbery."
Sensing that I had just been conned and cornered, I said sternly that I am only willing to pay
RM120.00 max for the durians.
To cut the long story short, I settled for RM200.00
My daughter just related this true incident that happened to her friend's mother.
She was eating breakfast at a makan stall in a wet market. A man approached her and
asked if she would like to buy some fresh durians.
Being a durian lover, she said yes. The man then asked her to follow him to his stall nearby.
At his stall, there were lots of durians. The man opened some fruits to show her the freshness
of the durian. She was quite taken aback that he opened quite a few, so she said only wanted
Suddenly, the man asked, "What am I going to do with the opened durians?!"
He insisted that she buy all the opened fruits. At this point, two big men with tattoos
appeared at the stall.
The frightened woman decided not to buy and quickly walked to her car.
But just as she opened the car door, the 'durian seller' came up behind her and
slammed her door shut!
He waved the parang he had used to open the durians and demanded RM400 for
the 5 durians she had wanted to buy.
The lady tried to protest about the price, but the man shouted at her, waving the
parang threateningly close to her head. So, after some 'bargaining' (pleading),
the three men settled on a price of RM 300 for five durians!
This incident happened in Cheras, but a robbery scam can be set up anywhere.
Beware, because they pretend to be legit traders, and durian sellers do carry parangs
in broad daylight, so they have an alibi. If the cops show up, they'd just deny everything.
Times are hard now, and criminals are cooking up creative ways to rob the more vulnerable
ones in surprising ways.
SO, PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS NEW SCAM. PASS THIS EMAIL AROUND AND WARN
YOUR FRIENDS, ESPECIALLY DURIAN LOVERS. THE MAIN TARGET ARE AUNTIE AND UNCLE.