OH MY GOD!
THANK YOU ALL! You've saved me!
I get an email from firstname.lastname@example.org
about the apartment in Farrer Park MRT and it was unbelievably cheap. I mean SGD1500 for a condo?! It's too good to be true.
The content of the email is all the same like what have been posted earlier in this forum, but in the first email (in March) she referred herself as Rita Swee and I responded that I would move to Singapore in August (in the first email it said it's available for June). She replied like this:
I will like to let you know the unit can be available for the said period but you will have to secure it ,
Kindly let me know how you intend top take this further asap
After I explained my situation she offered me to pay the down payment (the SG$1000 deposit + one month SG$1500 rent) to "secure the place"and afterward she will mail me the keys.
At that time, I thought it was strange about mailing the keys. Because as far as I know (I've been living in Singapore for 5 years and had my fair share of bad experiences with agents and leasing in Singapore) even if the owner renting the place is overseas they will have an agent or even a maid to handle all viewings, NOT mailing the keys.
After thinking that it was not worth it to pay over SG$2500 since I only will be moving to Singapore in the next three months.
I almost forget about this, when suddenly she emailed me the same offer TODAY!
This time she referred herself as 'Ms. Swee'. And the availability of the place is pushed back to August.
I thought it was a good timing.
Then I again strange things:
1. Why a 'single professional lady in her early 30s' would refer herself as Ms. SWEE?
I mean MS. and then family name? In Singapore and even in the south east Asia region, that is not a common way to introduce yourself when you are still young and single. Even I don't want to introduce myself as a Ms. You usually put your full name or even just your first name. Rita Swee, or just Rita.
2. How come in this soaring real estate market in Singapore, a well furnished CONDO in the city with only SGD1500 (even the HDB in the heartland is higher than that) was still up for grabs after THREE months?
Still I email her and ask about it. And propose to her to rent her place daily for 3 days as I'm coming down to Singapore in 3 weeks. So I can have a look of the place.
I even propose to her to pay the full amount in advance. And attach my family photo so she can see who will be staying at her place!
I'm afraid that I just gave the scammers a new idea about renting it daily to holiday tourists.
Also I hope they wont use my photo for their future scams.
I was about to search for Rita Swee to look how she looks like, and instead i found THIS! Totally saved my life!
THANK YOU ALL!