Never pay to secure a viewing!
Anonymous | 20 May 2022
Given the current supply-demand in home rentals, it is very hard to even get a viewing appointment, seems to be a norm for tenants to pay a deposit to secure a unit right away.
After having lost quite a few units without even having a chance to view it first, i decided to trust this guy.
I found this ad on ohmyhome website, which gave a whatsapp number to contact (there were two links with the samd ad)
This guy asked me to pay one month deposit and rent , which i did. he passed me the a/c details etc
the ads are in multiple names: Aleena Hany, Shinta dw and the landlord name given is goh wee hong, thomas.
He also collected my id proof to prepare the contract and gave me an appt, but he never showed up there.
Most importantly, he is still online (although he has blocked my number), and the ad is still up, in spite of me having reported to the OMH.
So beware .. Please be careful.
Editor's note: Please note that scammers will impersonate a legitimate housing agent by using their details. In order to verify if you are speaking to a real agent, please search by the agent's advertised phone number here: https://www.cea.gov.sg/aceas/public-register/sales/1. There is no need to pay to secure a viewing.