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Two men, aged 35 and 49, were arrested on Tuesday (Dec 8) for allegedly tricking a man into sending compromising photos of himself and threatening to circulate the pictures unless given $10,000.
The male victim said an unknown man had demanded $10,000 from him on December 1.
The latter had allegedly threatened to circulate the victim’s compromising photographs if the victim did not transfer the money over.
The victim subsequently transferred $5,000 to the man’s bank account. When the man purportedly demanded that the victim pay him the balance sum of $5,000, the victim decided to lodge a police report.
Police received the report on December 7, at around 12.55pm.
Through ground enquiries, officers from the Jurong Police Division managed to establish the identities of both men and arrested them.
"Preliminary investigations revealed that the 35-year-old man had posed as a woman to lure the victim to send him compromising photos," said the police in a statement on December 9.
"The 49-year-old man was also allegedly involved in the case."
Both men will be charged in court on December 10 with extortion, which carries a jail term of two to seven years and caning.