Norwegian police exposed the teen's online sex scam. Photo: Shutterstock
Two teenage boys from Norway swindled many thousands of kroner after they posted fake sex ads on an online website, it was revealed on Wednesday.
The scam saw the Norwegian youths place fake advertisements on a website offering escort services. The ads offered sex with women in exchange for gift vouchers which had to be purchased in advance via the website. The crafty duo were set to net 150,000 kroner ($22, 600) before the website owners became suspicious and alerted the police.
The boys posed online as female escorts promising sex in exchange for clients to send online payments with a cash value. The boys stole the money, but no prostitutes ever showed up.
The website which hosted the boys' fake business eventually reacted to the scam and withheld part of the payments.
Dozens of men were tricked in the scam, with around 150,000 kroner defrauded from unlucky clients, reported Norwegian newspaper Malvikbladet.
Both the teenagers - one from Malvik in South Trøndelag and one from Agder in South Norway - have admitted their guilt with the crime. The pair were charged with serious fraud, which has a maximum penalty of six years in prison. The case is being investigated by Agder police.
Police chief Per Helge Valen said to NRK: “It is supposedly very common with advance payment on these websites. A lot of adult men are victims in this case.”
He added that few men come forward to report being swindled when using escort sites. The police would therefore have had difficulty uncovering such a crime if it wasn't for the internet store reacting to one of its customers receiving so many vouchers, and then notifying the police with their suspicion.