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WHAT IS A CREDIT-FOR-SEX SCAM?
A stranger befriends you through social media platforms such as WeChat. The scammer talks you into buying them a gift card (e.g. Alipay Purchase Cards, iTunes Gift Card, etc.) in exchange for a meet-up, date or sexual favours.
Look out for these scam signs
The scammer hunts on social media sites and dating platforms. Often poses as young, attractive women from overseas who offer massage, escort or sexual services in exchange for credits or shopping gift-cards.
They are persistent in tempting you, and may even bring in 'managers' to threaten you if you wish to end the transaction.
They will often request that you purchase the gift cards first and give them the gift code before meeting you.
How to stay safe
Credit-for-Sex Scam: Real Stories
24 Aug 2022 | Credit-for-Sex Scam
Met the girl from Twitter, then chatted on Telegram. She asked me to go to Vista Point to wait for her and informed me that her manager would contact me to verify if I was from the Police. Then, the manager…...
18 Aug 2022 | Credit-for-Sex Scam
Met this girl on TWITTER. so added her on Whatsapp, agreed to meet at jurong west street 64. As she'll not accept cash because afraid of "police fishing". asked to buy itunes card 150$ initially, then…...
09 Aug 2022 | Credit-for-Sex Scam
I happened to meet her in Telegram for a massage service. She said she was coming home at the end. She stated she forgot the oil and asked me to transfer the money for the service . I had transferred…...
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