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SCARSSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS.™ Victim Speaks Out: Crayon Pop’s Ellin (Kim Min-Young) Responds To Romance ScamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. Accusation [Video]
This Is Not A Conventional Romance Scam – Though She Has Been Impersonated Before.
In This Case, It Is About A Delusional Fan Who Presumed Or Projected A Relationship That Was Not There. Then Accused The K-Pop Star Of Being A ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer.
Unfortunately, intrusive fans or even scam victims far too often intrude into the lives of real people.
K-Pop Band “Crayon Pop’s” Ellin (real name Kim Min-Young) has recently spoken up about the accusation that she had committed a romance scam.
What is the proper definition of a romance scam? It is a form of fraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. in which the perpetrator feigns romantic emotion towards a victim to gain their affection and uses the victim’s trust to commit fraud. Most of the time it is using fake personas to impersonate a real person, but it could also be a real person using their own identity to scam someone – this is very common in Asian romance scamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime - is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost., such as with women in the Philippines.
On November 1, an anonymous netizen (hereafter referred to as “A”) accused a female BJ (a streaming broadcast jockey/influencer), who was formerly an idol of scamming him of 1 billion won (approximately US$856,900) by pretending to be in a romantic relationship with him.
According to “A:”
He was a viewer of the BJ’s broadcasts on AfreecaTV and eventually met her privately. They exchanged numbers and began to text each other on a daily basis. “A” stated that he and the BJ attended gatherings with other popular BJs, where she was physically affectionate with him. He sent 700 million won’s (approximately US$599,800) worth of star balloons (virtual currency on the streaming platform) to her and spent 300 million won (approximately US$257,100) more on gifts and favors like necklaces, shoes, bags, and moving expenses.
When “A” suggested that they meet more seriously, the BJ drew the line saying she only thought of him as a friend and never realized he felt that way about her. “A” stated that he was bewildered by her unexpected response and claimed that she had shared her personal phone number with him, told him her address, let him walk her home, sent a picture of her legs saying she had just woken up, discussed living together three years in the future, and introduced her mother to him.
“A” added, “I hope she won’t play with other people’s feelings after me, and I’m thinking of taking legal action against her.”
Many netizens speculated that the BJ in question was Ellin (Kim Min-Young).
On November 2, regarding the accusation, Ellin posted on her AfreecaTV page saying that she would reveal her stance through a broadcast on November 3 after organizing her evidence and thoughts.
On the same day, Ellin made another official statement on her social media account.
Below is the full translation:
Hello. This is Crayon Pop member Ellin and AfreecaTV BJ Hiellin.
First of all, I am writing to explain the conjectures and fabrications that arose from the accusation of a romance scam. Currently, my AfreecaTV channel has been moved to a private state, and my YouTube channel’s comment section has been deactivated.
This issue occurred due to falsely spread distorted facts, so there will be a great deal of misunderstanding and speculation. Therefore, I decided to release a statement about it. The statement will be completely factual and compact, and I will not avoid the incident by speaking about it vaguely.
It is true that “A” is a passionate fan who received exposure on my broadcast a few times due to his support with star balloons. However, just as the articles state, I have never forced or induced “A” to sponsor me with star balloons, and anyone who has watched my broadcasts will know this. I never induce my viewers to donate.
“A” set the amount of his sponsorship money higher than that of other fans and showed his influence during my live broadcasts. As a BJ, there’s an implicit rule to mention and communicate with those users, so I was able to talk separately with him.
In the process, “A” asked for my personal contact information through direct messages and chats, and I flatly rejected his offer, saying that a BJ personally contacting one individual fan would be negatively looked upon. But every time I did that, he sent me even more money during my broadcasts, and I felt so uncomfortable that I couldn’t respond to him in the way I used to before.
But regardless of what happened, the users began to collectively ask why I was ignoring the audience, so I had no choice but to give “A” my personal number and KakaoTalk [ID].
That’s when the issue arose.
As if he was entitled to it, “A” began demanding to contact me personally and to be informed of things like my scheduled activities that only my manager knows. Judging that the public opinion among users could worsen again [if I didn’t respond nicely], I was forced to treat him in a more friendly manner.
After some time passed, a few days ago, “A” talked about living together, and I made my point in this bizarre situation. And today this incident happened. Evidence to defend my statements above will soon be uploaded sequentially to my page, and I will also take all civil and criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. action I can take against the person spreading false rumors.
I apologize for causing concern to many fans.
Ellin (Kim Min-Young)
Sadly, When Someone Falls In Love Online Or Via The Screen They Are Easily Subject To Their Own Projected Feelings
This is what regular romance scammers count on. However it easily extends to real people – we call them stalkers in the real world. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to deal with a stalker – meaning a desperate person projecting their own feelings onto a real person. This can easily lead to delusional fantasies about the other person – we see this also with many romance scam victims that feel that they must contact the real person because only they can save them.
It is so important to question your own feelings so that they do not lead to fantastical situations that are not real. It is for reasons like this that we recommend that no victims ever try to track down the face in the photo – the harm that it can cause to both people can be significant.
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