Woman arrested for suspected rental scams

Romesh Navaratnarajah27 Oct 2016

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If convicted, she faces a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.

The police have arrested a 41-year-old woman for suspected involvement in several rental scam cases, reported Channel NewsAsia.

In a statement released on Wednesday (26 October), the police revealed that they received various complaints of rental scam cases this month in Toa Payoh, in which victims responded to Facebook advertisements and paid rental deposits of up to $700. Thereafter, the suspect became uncontactable.

The suspect will be charged in court today (27 October). If convicted, she faces a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.

With this, the police have urged potential renters to ensure that they are dealing with the unit’s rightful owner or an accredited real estate agent. They can also search for similar ads placed elsewhere to determine if the listing is a scam.

They also warned the public against paying rent or rental deposits to a salesperson. Payments should be made directly to the property’s owner, and only after the tenancy agreement has been signed by all parties, said the police.


Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories, email romesh@propertyguru.com.sg


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