Home/Room Rental Scam

WHAT IS A Home/Room Rental Scam?

Scammers offer a room or house for rent and use high-pressure tactics to get victims to pay the rent in advance. In these cases, the scammers are not authorised to rent out the property or the property may not even exist.

In another variation of this scam, the scammers pretend to be interested foreign tenants looking to rent a place. They will claim to have made payment for the deposit, after which the victims will receive fake emails from PayPal asking for a fee before the payment can be released to them. In some cases, the scammers may ask the landlords to help them pay their movers' fees.

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  • Online deals that are too good to be true. Even if a listing appears legitimate, it could still be a scam.
  • Photos of a property that does not closely match the description of the unit.
  • Potential tenants who offer to
  • Ask to visit the property to verify that it exists.
  • Ensure the person you deal with is the rightful owner of the unit or an accredited real estate agent.
  • Search for identical ads placed elsewhere. This will help you discover

What to look out for

  • Online deals that are too good to be true. Even if a listing appears legitimate, it could still be a scam.
  • Photos of a property that does not closely match the description of the unit.
  • Potential tenants who offer to

How to protect yourself

  • Ask to visit the property to verify that it exists.
  • Ensure the person you deal with is the rightful owner of the unit or an accredited real estate agent.
  • Search for identical ads placed elsewhere. This will help you discover

RELATED SCAM STORIES

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16 Jul 2019

Home Rental Scam: Email from Ms Li Xiaojie

Room rental look too good to be true...SCAM!! Scammer even send me her Singapore IC: S826551?G -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------…...

11 Jul 2019

Potential tenant didn't want to look at apartment

Fake tenant alert! Li xiaojie working as a chef in cruise. Foolishly gave my paypal details and contact number to her because she provided her on whatsapp number! Whatsapped her and here are her claims…...

11 Jul 2019

Home Rental Scam: Another incident involving this particular scammer

I advertised to rent out my unit on gum tree and li xioajie contacted me 7th july 2019, on to rent and said that she will pay the rent and security deposit via paypal. i just read the previous posts and…...

09 Jul 2019

Home Rental Scam: Potential tenant doesn't want to view house

Email from Scammer Li XiaoJie Thank you for replying to me. I am XiaoJie Li, 37 years old, a simple and non-smoker lady. I am willing to rent the room. I am at sea at the moment as i work on a cruise…...

28 May 2019

Landlord did not allow me to view his house before renting it

My friend sent me a contact number for me to contact this owner as he is renting out a room for 400sgd for entire studio. He claimed that he is now in usa for work transfer. I texted him and asked him…...

18 May 2019

Fake landlord wanted me to put down deposit first

I Use 'room in SINGAPORE' to search Room for rent. This fellow post in this website to rent his masters room at Clementi. I left a msg wanting to view room, he replied and requested for my hp no to send…...

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