Fake rental listing on Propertyguru.com

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Lately, I have seen tens of rental properties with dirt cheap monthly rental posted at various online property sites like propertyguru.com and Jennyyong.com.

No customer service email address can be found on propertygury.com, and their online feedback forms simply did not work! A company's website is an indication of their technical prowess, or lack of.

I have filed an online fraud report with the U.K. Police, but again their site gave an error at the last page of the fraud report. So much for British Internet Technology!

All of the postings requires you to contact the landlord at marr5549@gmail.com

Which I did, and the "landlord" replied as follows:

From: Marin varign <marr5549@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: ritz calton property rental
Date: 2017Dec10 at 10:54:25 PM SGT
To: ##### <####@######>


The property is available, I just listed on internet. This is 2 Bedroom unit, not shared with other tenants. Available for rent: 2-24 months. The property is available from 15th Dec, nice, clean, quiet, has all the facilities and the utilities a person needs including , fitted kitchen, cable TV, HiFi, internet, central heating, bath, dishwasher, laundry service, washing machine, air condition. The pets are also allowed. Monthly rent is SGD 1,075. Utilities are included. The move in payment is SGD 3,225 (two months in advance + one month security deposit).

I live abroad and I am using HomeAway to rent out the place. The apartment is available for viewing in presence of a HomeAway agent. This is how it works.

1. Tenant confirms the availability of Move-In deposit and submit the Move-in deposit to HomeAway
2. HomeAway send an agent show tenant's the property and area
3. The tenant decide if confirm/ or cancel the reservation.

Move-in deposit must be provided to place the booking. To confirm you are eligible for this rent HomeAway requires the Move-In deposit to be complete in order to request a property inspection. You will receive payment details from HomeAway and all the necessary guidelines. Once the payment was made an agent will get in touch with you to show you the property. 

Cancellation Policy

Move in deposit is returnable, in case you want to cancel the reservation or the property doesn't fit with your requirements. After the property inspection you can decide if you want to confirm/ or cancel the reservation without any other obligations or additional fees.

If you are interested to make the reservation let me know the following info:

Move-In date:
Departure date:

First name:
Last name:
Postal code:

Please reply to me if you like to go book the property. I can send you a reservation request via Home Away. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me! 

Kind regards, 

The above looks ok, but the follow-up email from "homeaway" is a phishing site, requiring your to deposit 3 months of rent via Western Union!!!!!

From: "Iris J.(HomeAwayPayments)" <homeawaypayments.holidayrentpayment@europe.com>
Subject: Your reservation ID: RB68Z5QM
Date: 2017Dec10 at 11:33:01 PM SGT
To: ########@gmail.com

##- Please type your reply above this line -##
Your reservation ID: RB68Z5QM
Dear Guest,
You are receiving this email because one of our host, Marin has sent you a Booking Request. In order to validate your reservation the payment must be done within 48 hours.
Please take a moment to review all policies relating to this rental. Reservation ID RB68Z5QM: HomeAway: #149501
Property address: 65 Cairnhill Road, 229721 Singapore
Rent: SGD 1,075 per month
Damage deposit: SGD 1,075
Move-in payment: SGD 3,225
Policy terms and conditions of rental agreement:
Payment Policy - HomeAway’s payment system is designed to make transferring money between guests and hosts as simple and reliable as possible. Here’s how it works:
- Guests pay HomeAway when they book a place.
- HomeAway releases the money to hosts 72 hours after the guest checks.
Guest Payment - Move-in payment must be submited within 48 hours to confirm the booking. Once your payment has been verified one of our agents will contact you to show you the property.
Secure Payment - HomeAway handles your payment, and we transfer it to your host 72 hours after you’ve checked in, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that your payment is in our hands until you’re settled in and happy at the property you’ve chosen.
Cancellation Policy - Get to know your host and familiarize yourself with the property. We reimbursed 100% if the reservation is canceled and the guest consider to decline the booking after viewing the property.
Payment instructions
Please deposit the amount SGD 3,225 of booking by Western Union wire transfer to our financial cashier agent to secure the reservation of the property.
How to make the payment?
1. Go personally at a local Western Union agent (Western Union agents are in post offices, exchange offices or retail locations - grocery stores, mail box centers, drug stores, travel agencies, etc).
2. Complete a simple “Send” form and hand this to the Western Union agent along with the money you want to send (SGD 3,225). The service you have to use from Western Union is Money in Minutes transfer.
3. Make the payment with cash using HomeAway agent's details below:
Agent Name: Canard Mellbech
Address: 2 Shooters Hill Road
City: London 
Post Code: SE3 7AR
Country: United Kingdom
The Western Union Transfer will be sent using this name and address. Complete the Western Union form with your name and address as the sender, the agent's name and address as the receiver and the amount you want to send.
Once payment has been made reply at this invoice with the payment confirmation (scanned receipt .jpg or .pdf file).
Whether the reservation is two days or two months away, we hold the payment until the 72 hours after check-in before releasing the funds. This gives both parties time to do a walk-through upon check-in and make sure that everything is as expected. The host will receive full payment from HomeAway 72 hours after you check-in. Your payment is automatically covered against internet fraud up to SGD 50,000.00.
If you require booking assistance please reply to this e-mail.
Kind regards,
Iris J
Contact Center Manager
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This is a SCAM/Trap Alert!

1. marr5549@gmail.com posted tens of ads of DIFFERENT properties on various property sites, just Google marr5549@gmail.com

2. You pay 3-month rent even before seeing the property

3. You pay via Western Union Money transfer, which means there is no way of recovering your money if anything goes wrong

 * REPEAT: If you send money by Western Union, it is as good as cash, or throwing money into the sea!

4. The rent is typically ONLY 20-30% of market value!!!

5. All pictures from the ad are copied from the Internet!

6. In the propertyguru ad, it stressed NOT to contact the agent by phone or email. This means that the ad itself stole the identity of the Agent! In other words, the Agent picture you see is a stolen identity!