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A 25-year-old man is being investigated for lodging a false report after falling for a credit-for-sex scam, the police said in a statement.
The man had lodged a report on July 23 stating that he had been extorted by three men.
He claimed that he had accidentally bumped into one of the men and the trio demanded he transfer Alipay credits to compensate for the injuries.
He subsequently bought and sent the serial codes of teh Alipay credits worth $9,200 to a specified email address.
Over the course of the investigations, officers from Clementi Police Division detected several inconsistencies in the man's account.
Preliminary investigations revealed that he had provided false information to the police and that he was in fact a victim of a credit-for-sex scam.
"It is believed that he had received an unsolicited offer for sex services from a woman on an online dating application, and was told to make a deposit via Alipay credits to book her services," the police said.
"The man then proceeded to purchase at least $9,200 worth of Alipay credits at an AXS machine and sent the serial codes of the credits to the other party over two days."
The man realised that he had been scammed when he did not geet to mee the woman despite sending over the serial codes.
To account for the lost money to his partner, the man decided to lodge the false police report.
Investigations against the man are ongoing.
Anyone found guilty of providing false information to a public servant can be jailed for up to a year, or fined up to $5,000, or both.