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 you should 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

What you should do

  • 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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09 Feb 2021

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15 Aug 2020

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I put up an ADVERTISEMENT In Rentinsingapore.com and received an UNSolicited email from Yeo siew Lian within the next few days. Email from scammer as below: “Hello, It is so good to read back from you.…...

15 Jul 2020

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Hi I received a whats app from someone called Zu Lan. She wanted my email rather than phone. Sounded odd but I gave it. I received the following message which sounded odd so i looked online and found…...

13 Apr 2020

Beware of Home Rental scam!

A 'prospect tenant' named Zhu Lan contacted me on gumtree, Saying she a sg PR returning from overseas. In the initial email, the person send me 'her' ic S80779??G which at first seems like a sincere person…...

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