Guy Fell for Sex Scam But Reported it as a Kidnap Scam Out of Embarrassment

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Itching for some late night fun? Thanks to technological advancements, the mopiko to such itches is just one click away.

From dedicated websites to popular platforms like Tinder, meeting a “friend” to satisfy your needs has never been easier.

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According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, sex is seen as a basic need, much like breathing and sleeping. Hence, they are under the same category – physiological needs.

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With that said, there are those who argue that Maslow’s study is not entirely accurate. Debatable, but we’ll save that for another day.

Finding more than love online is a personal choice but if you do decide to go with it, at least be smart about it. Easier said than done when your mind is fixated on one thing alone.

Look around you and you’ll find notices warning of the dangers of online sex scams plastered on walls in public spaces, especially at lift landings.

In fact, we’ve even done a video, in collaboration with the SPF, on this scam:

But people are still falling for it.

Man reported sex scam under the pretense of a kidnapping case

Are you willing to sacrifice your pride for a few hours of fun?

That’s what a 20-year-old did.

According to Channel NewsAsia, a man made a false police report for kidnapping to cover up his credit-for-sex scam, in hopes of keeping it from his parents.

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In a news release published by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) on 4 June, Tuesday, it was revealed that they had received a report on 31 May from the 20-year-old who said he was informed by an anonymous caller that his parents were kidnapped.

The statement went on to say that the “man claimed that he did not call his parents to ascertain their safety as he was extremely worried.” Rather, “he acceded to the demands of the unknown person and purchased around S$1,500 worth of Alipay credits.” The serial codes for these credits were then sent to the unidentified caller via email.

However, upon conducting a series of investigations, the Police discovered that some parts of the 20-year-old’s report didn’t add up.

Not long after, the truth came to light. The man in question was actually a victim of a credit-for-sex scam.

After all, kidnap scams look like this:

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It’s $10K or nothing.

S$1,500 was credited to the scammer

With reference to The Straits Times, the victim had received an unsolicited offer of sex from a gorgeous woman on an online dating application, and was told to engage her services by making a deposit via Alipay credits.

Blinded by her beauty, he proceeded to purchase about S$1,500 worth of Alipay credits at an AXS machine in Bishan last Friday. Unfortunately, the lady did not show up in front of him.

At this point, he panicked but of course he wanted his money back. Wouldn’t you? 

Hence, he turned to the Police for help, and had to “concoct a cover story about the fake kidnap” to hide his embarrassing act from his parents.

The 20-year-old is reportedly still undergoing Police investigations for falsifying his report.

Providing false information can land you in jail with a fine to pay

SPF ended off their statement with a friendly reminder:

“Anyone found guilty of providing any information which he or she knows to be false to a public servant could be jailed for up to a year, fined up to S$5,000, or both.”

Since the use of dating apps and the likes is an ongoing activity, credit-for-sex scams will probably be a recurring problem.

Before engaging in such activities, visit Scam Alert to learn how to avoid such scams.

Or subscribe to our YouTube channel. We’ve a few anti-scam videos made with the SPF.