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

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05 Aug 2019

"Tenant" wanted to pay in advance

similar story on gumtree rental scam, insist to make the payment in advance: Email as below: Thank you for replying to me. My name is Zhu Lan, 39 years old, a single and non-smoker lady. I am willing…...

24 Jul 2019

I lost my personal information to a scammer!

I posted an ad on Gumtree regarding the place I was vacating . Lady Miss tan, replied to the mail stating she wants to secure the place if it is available. She stated that she is a Singaporean , currently…...

23 Jul 2019

Another home rental scam involving "Li Xiaojie"

zhu lan replied to my rental ads on gumtree on monday 22 july 2019. google her email provided [email protected] No record. So i responded according. the story is the same as those already reported…...

22 Jul 2019

ScamAlert: I saw a similar story on this website

Received a Facebook message from her asking if my room is stilll available for rent. Provided her with details but found out that she's not physically in Singapore but would like to me to send her pictures…...

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…...

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