Credit-for-sex conmen operate out of S'pore's jurisdiction

Credit-for-sex conmen operate out of S'pore's jurisdiction
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SINGAPORE - Netizens should be wary of strangers whom they befriend online.

Inspector of Police 2 Ramesh Vincent K., 42, told The New Paper that to protect themselves against credit-for-sex scam artists, netizens should also avoid giving out their personal details when engaging with other Internet users.

The syndicated fraud senior investigation officer from the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) added: "Don't share payment receipts containing details such as your personal identification number (PIN) with anyone."

Commenting on this credit-for-sex scam case, he said that seven victims were involved and they were all men. The youngest was 18 while the oldest was in his mid-40s.

The scammers are believed to be mainly Chinese nationals.

So far, only one person who worked with them has been dealt with in Singapore.

Insp Ramesh said it was a challenge to catch the other scammers as they operate out of Singapore's jurisdiction.

Deputy Superintendent Ho Ban Hsiung, 43, from the CAD, said the police have rolled out several initiatives to educate the public on credit-for-sex scams.

These include road shows, pamphlets and posters.

The police have also put up signboards at places such as Ang Mo Kio, Bishan and Clementi - neighbourhoods where such cases have taken place.

These signboards were placed near AXS and ATM machines to warn potential victims about the scam.


This article was first published on Oct 26, 2015.
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