On Monday, 28 January, a 19-year-old in Singapore pleaded guilty to five counts of cheating men into giving him money by posing as female sex workers online
However, Lee was inspired after reading the website's advisory cautioning users against falling for scams that claimed to offer the sale of pornographic videos and sexual services
Court documents showed that he set up two accounts under the usernames jessss98 and Liyiingxxxx to advertise that "she" was looking for "friends with benefits" and expected to be paid.
When more than 10 men responded to his ads, the teenager directed them to chat with him, under his female pseudonyms 'Jess' or 'Alicia', on WeChat.
By promising his victims pornographic videos or sex, the men agreed to transfer between RM450 (SGD150) and RM600 (SGD200) to Lee's bank account as an advance payment
"In some instances, the accused would send the victims the fake pornographic videos and pass them off as being videos of the fictitious Jess or Alicia," said Deputy Public Prosecutor Michelle Tay in court.
Between June 2017 and November 2017, Lee collected RM9,700 (SGD3,200) from 16 men.
He muted and deleted the WeChat conversations from his phone immediately after receiving the money.
After a victim reported Lee's account, the Singaporean police began investigating him and froze his bank account in December 2017
He tried to destroy evidence from his phone after being unable to withdraw money from an automated teller machine.
The Deputy Public Prosecutor revealed that Lee returned the money to the men and admitted that he cheated them because he "wanted this lifestyle but could not afford it."
District Judge May Mesenas called for a probation suitability report and adjourned the 19-year-old's sentencing to next month, Channel NewsAsia reported.