Scammers usually meet their victims on social media platforms. Claiming to offer compensated dating or sexual services, they ask to go on dates with the victims.

What is compensated dating scam?

Scammers usually meet their victims on social media platforms. Claiming to offer compensated dating or sexual services, they ask to go on dates with the victims. However, before they meet, scammers ask the victims to buy game point cards or bitcoin as deposit for their service. They disappear without a trace afterwards.

1. Asking for personal information

Scammers ask the victims for their personal information. Then, they make threats using these details.

2. Posing as agents

Posing as agents of sexual service providers, scammers contact the victims. They then threaten the victims verbally for more money.

3. Pay by ‘Bitcoin’

Some scammers instruct the victims to deposit money to a ‘Bitcoin’ wallet using ‘Bitcoin’ ATMs.

Crime trend

In the first half of 2021, there were 779 compensated dating scam cases, an increase of 110% when compared to 371 cases in the same period last year. The total loss amounted to $27.4 million. The victims were aged between 13 and 82, and the case with highest loss was $700,000.

Anti-scam advice

Confirm the identity when you meet new friends on the internet.

Do not participate in any compensated dating activities, pay any deposit or give your personal information to strangers.

Call the police for assistance when you receive any threats or blackmail

When in doubt, call ‘Anti-scam Helpline 18222

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