SHOCKING : 209 Victims Have Lost At Least $402,000 For “Credit-For-S*x” Scams


Since the beginning of 2022 at least 209 victims have lost at least $402,000 to credit-for-s*x scam.

In a police advisory, SPF shared how the scammers would befriend victims online and trap them.

The police said that they would like to alert members of the public to credit-for-s*x scams, where scammers would befriend victims online and offer s*xual services before asking the victims to make upfront payment via gift cards commonly sold at convenience stores. Since January 2022, at least 209 victims have fallen prey, with total losses amounting to at least $402,000.


Victims would typically befriend the scammers after they come across advertisements offering s*xual services on social media, dating platforms or websites such as Locanto.

In some cases, scammers would proactively approach the victims through messaging applications such as WhatsApp, Telegram, MiChat, and WeChat.

After making arrangements to receive the s*xual services, the scammers would instruct victims to make advance payment via game credits at AXS machines or via the purchase of gift cards.

The scammers would also instruct the victims to purchase the game credits with email addresses provided by the scammer or ask the victims to provide the activation codes for gift cards, in exchange for the s*xual services.

In some cases, the scammers would demand additional payment for a “protection fee” and threaten to harass or hurt the victims and their family members if the payment was not received, the police said in advisory.

Victims would only realise that they had been scammed when no one showed up at the meeting point and the scammers became uncontactable after payments were made, or when victims lodged a police report after being threatened by the scammer.

Crime Prevention Measures:

  • Be wary of friend requests or online listings offering escort, massage or s*xual services as they may be fraudulent in nature.
  • Scammers may employ scare tactics to threaten victims into making more payments. Remain calm and do not accede to their requests.
  • Do not provide the activation codes for gift cards or send game credits to people you do not know or have not met in person.

If you have any information relating to such crimes, please call the Police Hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit it online at All information will be kept strictly confidential. If you require urgent Police assistance, please dial ‘999’.

For more information on scams, members of the public can visit or call the Anti-Scam Hotline at 1800-722-6688. Join the ‘Spot the Signs. Stop the Crimes’ campaign at by signing up as an advocate to receive up-to-date messages and share them with your family and friends. 

Together, we can help stop scams and prevent our loved ones from becoming the next victim.

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