18 y/o S’porean Gets Probation For “Catfishing” As Women & Running Online Sex Scams Worth RM95,510

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After putting up fake advertisements for sexual services using pictures of girls he downloaded from the internet, a Singaporean teenager managed to scam victims more than S$30,000(RM95,510). It all started in late 2019 when he was just 16 years old.

According to Malay Mail, the court heard that the unnamed teen and a 20-year-old man masqueraded as women to run sex scams on Locanto, an online classified website.

They posted advertisements for sexual services using photos of women they had downloaded, and communicated with victims on Telegram.

For his crimes, the teenager, who is now 18, was sentenced to 18 months of probation on Wednesday (18 May). He cannot be named as he was under 18 at the time of the offences and therefore protected under the Children and Young Persons Act.

The names of other individuals involved were also redacted from court documents as they could lead to his identification.

The teen pleaded guilty to five charges of cheating, acquiring benefits of criminal conduct, giving false information to a public servant and voluntarily causing hurt.

Nine other charges were also taken into consideration for sentencing, including being a member of the Pak Hai Tong triad society and trespassing Greenridge Primary School past midnight in 2019 to play basketball.

(source: Today Online)

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Ben Mathias Tan said that the teen had an arrangement with at least five other people to have them receive the proceeds of his sex scams using their bank accounts to avoid police detection.

The teenager’s lawyer V Ramesh told the court his client “fully recognises that his cavalier attitude was wrong”.

The lawyer added that the teenager has since become more mature and that he has a child, who is about 18 months old, with his partner.

As part of the youth’s probation conditions, the teen must now remain indoors from 10 pm to 6 am, perform 80 hours of community service and attend psychological and psychiatric treatment as required.

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