As of December 2022
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
13 Jan 2024 | Credit-for-Sex Scam
I responded to a Locanto ad for massage services without thinking it through. After contacting the lady and agreeing to a service, she asked for $100 before coming down to the specified block (350 Ang…...
07 Jan 2024 | Credit-for-Sex Scam
I connected with a girl on Locanto and continued our conversation on Telegram. She claimed to be from Malaysia, engaging in part-time social escorting due to financial difficulties. She inquired about…...
02 Sep 2023 | Credit-for-Sex Scam
I was instructed to go to a block number in Bishan. Upon arrival, I received a text informing me that a validation call from their boss, '林阿虎,' was required. The boss instructed me to purchase a $150…...