Altogether, John bought nine cards, hoping he would finally meet her.
But at around 1.30am, he became suspicious because more than three hours had passed and he had not met the girl.
"I feel like an idiot, but at least now I'm more careful not to fall prey again," she said. On July 25, 2012, the police arrested two 16-year-old girls believed to have cheated at least 70 people of about ,000 between May and June.
If convicted of cheating, they face up to 10 years' jail and a fine. NIGERIAN Usually comes in the form of an e-mail informing a recipient he has 'won' an unexpected inheritance, which can be collected in return for a 'small payment' first.
She said: "It seemed like a trusted page since it's from Singapore." At first, she was told the stocks were delayed.
He said the new scam differed from those involving victims making advance payments to fraudsters for the purchase of goods, such as IT gadgets, phones or bicycles that are advertised on online portals.In late October, someone claiming to be a student in a local university started chatting with him.John said: "She looked so innocent and decent (in the We Chat display picture), I never expected it to be a scam." After befriending him for eight days, the student told him she needed him to help buy i Tunes gift cards for her studies.The scams can also include the planting of sophisticated software on computers that sucks out all personal information. SMISHING So-called "smishing", or SMS plus "phishing", is a variant that thrives on the rising popularity of smartphones.Scammers pose as banks or credit card companies to acquire personal details. LOTTERY Unexpected prize or lottery scams usually work by asking you to pay some sort of fee to claim your prize or winnings from a competition or lottery you never entered.