While Malaysian YouTuber and influencer Yang Bao Bei (杨宝贝) is trying to make amends, her fans and netizens have been in two minds about the matter. Many netizens are distrustful after her scams, but her fans have been questioning her friends.
On 1st May, six of her friends made a YouTube video to address the situation. They revealed some shocking information about YBB’s scams and included evidence of her teaming up with two other YouTubers. YBB’s ex-boyfriend Ao Xiang (傲祥) has also commented on the matter, as he too was a victim of the situation.
YBB has been pulling a lot of people into her mess. In her desperation to pay off her gambling debts, she apparently had no qualms about turning on those around her, including her friends and ex-boyfriend. In addition to borrowing money from them, YBB tried to steal their social media information to defraud others. With the help of YouTubers Agnes Ma and Chris Hoo, YBB planned to steal the victim’s handphone and access their social media. Her first target was supposedly her ex.
Ao was devastated when he found out and said as much on his Instagram story. Although he was not aware of the scheme at that time, he somehow managed to foil their plans. However, Ao revealed he had known about YBB’s plans to defraud netizens. He knew she was trying to pay off her debts, but the plan did not sit well with him. Ao tried to talk her out of it, and even borrowed RM40,000 to help with her debt.
To further clarify his side of things, Ao released a video on his new YouTube channel on 2nd May. He disclosed he had met YBB online. When he started dating her, he did not know she was popular on social media. He claimed he had no intention of utilising her popularity, even after he found out who she was online. To him, YBB was just ‘a good girl’.
“She opened her bubble tea shop and asked me to help,” Ao recollected. “I only wanted to help her… I didn’t complain for a few months.” Shortly after they started dating, he started his own YouTube channel. As he was affiliated with YBB, his channel became popular quickly and generated a lot of income. However, the money went into YBB’s bank account and she used it to gamble without his knowledge.
Ao’s opinion of her was ruined when she once told him, “Only gambling can pay off loan shark debts.” The YouTuber also admitted that his kindness caused her to resort to account theft. He thanked the six who revealed more information about YBB’s scams yesterday and asked netizens to follow his new channel.
Surprisingly, YouTuber Lim Shangjin (林尚进), one of the six, is still willing to lend YBB a hand after all she’s done. Lim announced on his Facebook that he would help YBB repay her debt if he managed to win the 4D lottery bet. He explained after the video, people contacted him and asked him to help YBB. He acknowledged that he wasn’t rich, hence his attempt to win the lottery instead. Lim bet on the numbers 4155, which he derived from his 41 minutes and 55 seconds video uploaded on 1st May. The post has presumably been removed since.
YBB’s friends and family may be trying to help her deal with the fallout but as always, where there’s blood, there’s bound to be sharks. Businesses have taken advantage of the situation to offer discounts in light of the situation. For instance, a restaurant in Kepong is offering 10% discount for those with the surname Yang on 3rd May. A bubble tea shop has also supposedly offered a “buy one get one free” deal for those with the name Yang, Ma or Chris, but details are still unclear.
Well, at least there is a silver lining to everything. YBB may have fallen far and hard, but her friends still care enough about her to help. Hopefully, she’ll be able to pay off all her debts and repay her victims.
Check out Ao Xiang’s video here: