But in Singapore has reported that over 200 men have fallen for a We Chat scam with identical elements.
two more students in downtown Vancouver reported being stung by the same scam, including being threatened with an attack by gangsters.
It’s not clear if the scammers involved in the cases reported to Ming Pao are based in Vancouver, China, or elsewhere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A year ago my husband started chatting with women on the Internet. He says that the women don’t mean anything to him but he won’t quit.
All his free time is spent chatting with these women. There is one woman that he seems very close to they talk everyday.
“It’s just a question of a different medium — in this case instead of Craigslist they are using We Chat.