ACP Ahmad Dzaffir said a friend of the victim went to the police after receiving a video and picture of the victim when he was contacted by the suspects in their bid to get the money.
He added that the friend told the police that the victim was eventually released and had returned home. "Kajang police arrested five suspects, four men and one woman, in the Bandar Kinrara area early Monday.
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.
In latest We Chat scams, the scammers’ modus operandi is to first message individuals on We Chat (or other social messaging applications) with the allure of sexual favours for a small price.
The scammer then talks the victim into purchasing gift cards from online sites like i Tunes and Alipay.
The group then tried to extort about RM40,000 from him as well as striping him off his clothes," said Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Ahmad Dzaffir Mohd Yussoff.
"The suspects recorded the naked victim and threatened to spread the video if the money was not paid.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.Dzaffir said police received a report from a friend of the victim the same day saying that he had received a video and picture of the victim on We Chat, sent from the victim’s own phone.The picture was of the victim, tied up, naked and being strangled by one of the perpetrators, while the video showed the victim being beaten up.The woman initially greeted him inside, and asked him to take a shower.