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 Mar 2019

A search on the the name "Tan Mui Joo" prevented a scam

I advertised room rent in easyroom and gumtree in Jan 2019. the RESPONSE was not good. i also did not bother on the room rent as i would like to select a suitable tenant. on 1 march 2019, i was received…...

05 Mar 2019

I avoided being scammed due to an alert staff

Dear friends, I have to give kudos to staff at Clementi Post Office who refused to accept my request to remit money on someone's behalf. Their due diligence have saved me from financial and emotion loss.…...

20 Feb 2019

Another attempt by scammer " Tan Mui Joo" to scam people

Email from scammer for reference:  Rental scam. Hello, It so good to read back from you. Little introduction about me. My name is Tan Mui Joo. I am a female working professional. I am working at the moment…...

13 Feb 2019

Many red flags when I was conversing with "potential" tenant

When I was trying to rent out a common room and was contacted by this woman who claimed she is currently in China but now in doha for a conference. it seemed legitimate at first when she sent me a front…...

17 Jan 2019

Rental Scam: If a Xiao Jie Li approaches you to rent your room, don't speak with her

Email from scammer: I am Xiao Jie Li, 36 years old, a simple , cool and non-smoker lady. I am willing to rent the room. I am at sea at the moment as I am an employee at us coast guard marine inspection…...

29 Dec 2018

Landlord discovered furnishings worth $XX,000 have been removed by Scammer.

My landlord has encountered a scam tenant. Profile of the scam tenant: >Mr Alvin Zechariah Leroi, >S87XXXXXX >Singaporean Chinese, >30 years old, >with some purple hair highlight, >claimed to work in…...

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