18-year-old man who posed as a woman in credit-for-sex scam arrested

SINGAPORE - An 18-year-old teenager has been arrested for his suspected involvement in a series of credit-for-sex scams, the police said in a statement on Sunday (Jan 28).

A 24-year-old victim informed the police on Nov 24, 2017, that the suspect asked him to make an advance payment into a bank account in exchange for sexual services.

However, after the victim made the payment, the suspect became uncontactable.

Officers from Tanglin Police Division established the suspect's identity after extensive investigations, and arrested him along Kampong Java Road on Jan 26.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspect may be involved in multiple cheating cases where he pretended to be a woman online. Investigations are still ongoing.

Any person found guilty of cheating may be punished with a prison term which may extend up to 10 years, and shall also be liable to a fine.

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