Always check the CEA website to ensure that you are dealing with a legit real estate agent

Anonymous | 21 May 2023

Home/Room Rental Scam
I came across a listing on Carousell for a rental unit posted by a Carousell account named Keaen Lim (@K3A3NL1M-82601). After inquiring about the availability of the unit, I received a call from an agent.

The agent's name is Desmond Yong, and his contact details are as follows:

WhatsApp number: +65 9860 82???
During the phone call, he requested that I send my working pass for the letter of intent and the invoice, which were required for viewing the unit (reservation).

After signing the documents, he instructed me to make the payment using the following savings account:

POSB SAV: 198275???
I was informed to make separate payments for each month, as it is a two-year lease and requires a one-month deposit. The total amount required is 9000 SGD.

After an hour, I became suspicious of the agent and decided to search for him on Google. I came across a LinkedIn profile with the same name but noticed that the profile picture had been copied from a different person. Furthermore, the agent's mobile number and email address were not listed on the CEA website.

As a result, I decided to file a police report. Unfortunately, the WhatsApp number is still active and the individual behind it continues to scam numerous people to this day...