We guess we don't really need to say this, but durian season is upon us.
Almost everywhere you go, you'll find durian stalls popping up by the side of the road, beckoning you to come closer, taste a fruit or two and hopefully go home with a hundred ringgit worth of durian.
That's good and all, but just be aware of the Durian Scam.
What is the Durian Scam?
According to a report by Harian Metro
, there are some durian sellers out there who have been taking advantage of our love for durian.
The premise of the Durian Scam is simple: the sellers do not have a fixed price for the durian they sell, and they usually determine how much they want to sell them to you based on the type of car you drive
Yep, that's right: if you roll up to their stall in your swanky new Mercedes, you can expect the price tags of the durian to match your ride.
If you roll up in a Perodua Kancil, you can get the durian for cheap.
This evil method has been confirmed by Pahang Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) Chief Ahmad Fitri, who told the Malay news portal that these unethical durian sellers would often charge two to three times more if they see a customer arriving in a luxury vehicle.
They would also often use rigged weighing scales to show you that, yes, RM500 is a reasonable price to pay for a 2kg Musang King.
To combat this, Ahmad Fitri said the KPDNHEP will conduct periodical checks on durian sellers to ensure that they do not charge customers more than they're allowed to.
On top of that, the KPDNHEP will also issue a RM1,000 fine to the sellers if they fail to display the price tag.
So far, four durian traders have been caught red-handed
, Ahmad Fitri said.
Now that you know about the Durian Scam, beware when you're out durian-hunting, OK?