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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28 Nov 2018

Scammer wants to transfer the rental over to me via Paypal

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Scammer said she is still in Korea will arrive in Singapore with her Friend. Both are interested in my rooms. Her sms was +6399xxxxxxxx They wanted to view my room. I replied few sms and found that the…...

03 Nov 2018

This is the details of the scams, to cut the story short, she will send you an email and put in a NRIC

This is the details of the scams, to cut the story short, she will send you an email and put in a NRIC. Beware everyone, later she will whatsapp you, her current phone in Malaysia is +63-956-148-7461.…...

02 Nov 2018

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