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Friday, March 2, 2012

Exposed - couple behind naked Internet video chat scam

Sulaiman Kamal | 10:09 PM | | | Best Blogger Tips

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The couple allegedly responsible for extorting money through a naked Internet video chat have been exposed.

Yap Siew Ting, 17, and Alexander Soh Zhi Ren, 22, were arrested together with Yap's mother and her mother's boyfriend at Blk 32, Marsiling Drive on Feb 27.

Yap's mother and her boyfriend, who were two of six people arrested in connection with the scam, have been released.

One victim, an NTU student, lost $97,000 over nine months as a result of the scam.

Yap and Soh were charged in court for allegedly extorting $6,000 from a student in January 2012.

They are believed to be involved in other similar cases, and will be back in court next Wednesday.

The maximum penalty for extortion is seven years' jail and caning.

The victim had befriended Yap on Internet chat room, Alamak.com sometime in May last year. He started a webcam conversation with her, and was persuaded to appear naked on the webcam.

Unknown to him, the woman recorded the footage and threatened to circulate his photos online if he did not transfer money to her.

The man complied and transferred a total of $5,000, but the extortion did not stop.

In all, he transferred a total of $97,000 to various bank accounts provided by the woman over nine months in more than 80 transactions.

According to Chinese language daily Lianhe Wanbao, the victim lives with his family in a condominium in Yio Chu Kang. His father is a doctor while his mother is a housewife.

Info : News



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