So I responded to this ad
: http://singapore.gumtree.sg/c-Apartment ... Z273423904And I got a very immediate reply:
Thanks for your response, I am Susan Hinklin the Wife of the owner of the 2 bedroom Apartment you are making inquiry of. We used to stay in the Apartment until we left for United States Of America for a construction job with Total/Elf, (I'm a construction engineer) and we are now Happily married and we are currently on our Honey Moon. we will be in Montana,USA for five years so presently our apartment is much available for rent and all utilities included, it is furnished and we don't mind "PETS". Pls i want you to note that, We are a kind and honest Couple and also we have spent a lot on our property, so i will solicit for your absolute maintainance of this apartment. Hope you understand that it is not the rent that is our problem but i want you to keep it tidy at all times, hope we have an understanding..
We want a tenant we can trust so i will ask for you to tell me more about yourself. We will be Staying in USA now that is why we have made up our mind to put up all our apartment for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it. Also how long do you intend to stay? How soon do you intend to move in?
DISTRICT : Jurong (609477 )
ADDRESS :- 1 Jurong East Street 32
CLOSET MRT: Chinese Garden (EW25)
RENT FEE : 1,265 per month (Inclusive )
DEPOSIT : $820 (refundable)
Dishwasher, Dryer, Electric Stove, Freezer/Deep Freeze, Fridge, Microwave, Washer, Washer/Dryer Hookups, Water/Sewer ,Internet connectivity ,Cable
I want you to provide answers to the application below:
*****RENT APPLICATION FORM*****
( Private and Confidential )
1)Your Full Name :-
2)Your Full Current Address :-
3)Phone Number & Mobile Number :-
4)How old are you :-
6)Are you Married :-
7)How many people will be living in the apartment :-
Do you have a Pet? :-
9)Do you have a Car? :-
11)What is your Religion? :-
12)Citizen of Which Country? :-
13)When are you ready to Move In? Exact Date? :-
14)How Many Months are you willing to rent the apartment? :-
15)How many months rent can you pay upfront? Minimum ( 1 month rent & Deposit = $2,085 ) or ( 2 months rent & Deposit =$3,350 & you get (1) month free ) .so which option do you prefare????
IF YOUR OKAY WITH THIS,FILL THE APPLICATION FORM AND TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOURSELF AND HOW YOU CAN TAKE GOOD CARE OF THE APARTMENT.
Thanks for taking your time in writing me and hope to hear back from you.
Mr & Mrs HinklinThey attached 4 pics of the apartment. Then I responded with the form, only to get a reply within 30 minutes:
Thanks very much for your reply,am very sorry for my late reply and also I can see your willingness in my property . I and my husband are so much happy that your application is been approved and accepted as our new tenant. we have decided to let you live in our apartment. However, if you are ready to rent the property now or that mid-end May then that will not be a problem, but we will advise you to provide the deposit and the first month rent to hold the Apartment before your movin date, and we will send the keys and document of the apartment to you via the DHL to the address you send to me and the tracking number will be sent to you. Please once again,we are giving you this on trust and do not disappoint us, and I promise you that you will love the apartment. So I am with the below document here with me, and I will like to know whether you are ready for the deposit payment.
Here are the contents of the document.
1)Entrance and the rooms Keys
2)Paper/Permanent house form(Containing your reference details)
3)The house documentary file.
5)Full address and description of the house
We will send the keys and document of the apartment to you via the DHL to the address you send to me and the tracking number will be sent to you also so that you can go and view the inside and the interior part of the apartment and if it not Okay by you we can proceed and if it is not okay then i will refund back your money as soon as possible...Let me know if I can forward my details for you to send the deposit through any western union money transfer store closer to you..If you can make the payment today,you will be able to get the keys by 9am on the 21st of April so that you can be able to go anytime and view the apartment before your movin date.
So please get back to me today so we can move forward.
Regard and God Bless You
Mrs HinklinAll these started to sound fishy to me so I did some googling on rental scams and found this site.......Hope this helps you all!!