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Man poses as sexy women to scam gift cards from 164 unsuspecting men by falsely promising them sex

By Mason White 1:45 PM April 16, 2017
Sex women (illustration)
Sex women (illustration)
By: Tanya Clark

A man who wanted to get his hands on a lot of cash, posed as sexy women on the Internet, where he persuaded unsuspecting men to send him gift cards by falsely promising them to go out on dates, according to police in Singapore.

The Public Affairs Department Singapore Police Force said that officers have received at least 164 reports on credit-for-sex scams in the first 3 months of this year.

In these cases, victims lost more than $389,000.

The scam involved a man posing as sexy women befriending male victims through social media platforms such as Wechat, and then asking them to buy gift cards or online shopping credits in exchange for a meet-up, date or the promise of sexual service.

The victims were instructed to buy the cards and credits at AXS machines or convenience stores, before sending images of the receipts together with PIN numbers to designated email accounts for the scammer to use them.

Sometimes, other members of the scam syndicates contacted the victims and asked for further payments. The victims never got to meet the alleged women whom they befriend online.

Earlier this month, police received reports on another variant of the said scam.

Victims reported to the police that they were told to transfer cash to a bank account as a deposit, instead of purchasing gift cards or online credits.

This week, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department arrested a 25-year-old man in relation to these incidents.

Anyone found guilty of money laundering offenses may be sentenced to 10 years in prison, or a fine of up to $500,000, or both.