23-Year-Old Singaporean Poses As A Female Sex Worker To Cheat Men Of Their Money

The man posted nude images and videos of women online to entice would-be victims.

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A 23-year-old man in Singapore was recently jailed for posing as a female sex worker online to dupe men for more than SGD1,000 (RM3,250) in total

According to The Straits Times, the national service officer, Lim Sin Yi, started the scam in June 2021 when he pretended to be a woman and posted an advertisement on his Twitter account listing several nude videos. It was not stated in court documents where Lim got the videos from.

He wrote in the advertisement that in exchange for SGD500 (RM1,625), he would sell all the videos and arrange for a 'meet up' to provide sexual services.

In court proceedings, deputy public prosecutor Louis Ngia said Lim also uploaded several other pictures showing the female body, including nude ones, on his Twitter account to entice would-be victims.

The accused admitted during investigations that he was "posing as a seductive female", Ngia added.

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Three people fell victim to Lim's scam, with two of them transferring SGD500 each to him

After transferring the money, one of the victims repeatedly messaged Lim on Twitter to solicit the meeting they had agreed upon. But each time, the accused gave various excuses to blow the victim off.

One example was that he had contracted a sexually transmitted disease, and needed time to recover while being treated with antibiotics.

A month later, the victim messaged Lim on Twitter again, and transferred SGD30 (RM97) for a video. He finally realised that he had been cheated when he noticed his messages with Lim on Twitter had been deleted.

Shortly thereafter, another victim saw Lim's advertisement and transferred SGD300 (RM975) to him as a deposit to meet for sex, with the remaining SGD200 to be paid later. Lim then provided the victim with a fake address in Ang Mo Kio.

"This was a misrepresentation that they would meet at the provided location for the sexual services to be provided," said Ngia.

"[The victim] went to the provided location and waited there for about 50 minutes. As the accused remained uncontactable, [the victim] realised he had been cheated."

Thereafter, the victim filed a police report.

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Lim pled guilty in October to four counts of cheating involving the three victims, and began serving his jail sentence of three weeks on Thursday, 1 December

He has also since given his consent to the authorities to release the money frozen in his bank for restitution.

A police spokesman told The Straits Times that Lim had completed his full-time national service and was an operationally ready national serviceman.

However, the news of Lim's offences resulted in him being removed from operational duties and internal action will be taken against him.

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