Chinese students in Vancouver and Richmond are being targeted in an international “sex-for-credit” scam run on the Chinese social networking app We Chat.
We Chat is a texting service which Chinese international students in Vancouver use not only to chat, but to locate other users in public areas and trade food, cosmetics and toys.
It’s not clear if the scammers involved in the cases reported to Ming Pao are based in Vancouver, China, or elsewhere.
How the scam works is this: male students are approached on We Chat by what appear to be sexy female students; believing the person associated to a We Chat photo avatar is real, the men are engaged in friendly chatting, sometimes exchanging sexy pictures, and eventually the We Chat friend mentions that she dabbles in prostitution and will offer “services” for a fee.
What they don’t know is the person they are texting with is a scammer, and likely a man. I” — a student interviewed by Ming Pao News who did not want his name revealed — he was told two hours of sex would cost $300 and he could enjoy services all night for $600.
He was directed to wait for his date in front of a Richmond convenience store.
When he arrived and texted to his expected date, she told him to purchase an i Tunes online shopping card inside the convenience store, claiming that to avoid police scrutiny a transfer of ITunes points would be safer than cash.
I transfer more i Tunes points if he wanted the girl to show up and give him sex. I tried to back out of the date gangsters would track him down and cut off his arm. I told Ming Pao that he went home to hide, and he did not report the alleged extortion to police in Richmond or Vancouver.
two more students in downtown Vancouver reported being stung by the same scam, including being threatened with an attack by gangsters.
He agreed and transferred a deposit of i Tunes points to the woman’s email address. I told Ming Pao he waited for a long time and finally got a call from a man who claimed to be the woman’s boss.
Speaking Mandarin with a “Guangdong” accent, the man claimed to be a “Big Circle” gangster and demanded that Mr.
“She said she was from Sichuan (in southwest China) and was studying at a university here in Singapore,” one target told .
Ming Pao News has reported male students are also being tricked into believing “hot body” Chinese university students they meet on We Chat want to trade sex.
The We Chat scam reported to Ming Pao by one student in Richmond and two students in downtown Vancouver appears to be identical in its method and players to a We Chat sex-for-credit scam being reported in cities with large Chinese populations, including Singapore.