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Sun
Singapore, Central Singapore Community Development Council, Singapore
2016-05-20 09:41:00
Rental Scam
Gumtree
+7 Rental scam  
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Thao
Email Address:
   philsnabs@gmail.com
Let me introduce myself. I am Thao Vu,
29 years nonsmoker Vietnamese lady coming to Singapore,I am doctor on
cruise ship and I have limited time to surf the internet but I will
find time to call you. I will like you to kindly calculate the total
cost covering my first three months’ rent together with deposit but I
will be staying long as soon as your room is available. I will also
like you to kindly get back to me with some pictures of the room and
your address for me to forward it to my mover agent to calculate the
total cost of moving my stuffs to Singapore.I had attached a copy of
my passport data page for you to have a picture of me. I will be
waiting to read back from you.

Cheers
Thao

This was the email sent to me ( as i have posted an add on room for rent in gumtree) . So after this mail i have sent the required data as she requested. After just a few minutes she replied me.

Below is her reply email
From: Thao Vu
Date: Friday, 20 May 2016
Subject: Room for rent



Hello,
Many thanks for getting back to me again. I am very social person that respect humanity and this make it so easy for me to get along with whoever that comes my way in life. I am arriving on 30th of May and start working in Singapore. I will be securing the room by transferring the rent to you through PayPal and if you do not have a paypal account kindly set up an account with them in less than 5 minutes on www.paypal.com. I would have requested for your bank details but for the safety of you and i with giving bank details online, I prefer going through PayPal. I will be so happy to secure the room as soon as you get back to me with the PayPal money request. All you need to do is to log into your PayPal and click request money, you will then send the money request of total 3 months rent to my email address for me to transfer the money. I will like to pay in advance through PayPal and my reason is that, I will be presenting the proof of my rent payment to my employer and also to the immigration at the port of entry into Singapore.

Cheers
Thao


I have found that this is a scam email and later she will ask for is to help her pay for the shipping guy who is delivering her goods.

Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Emma   (London, England, United Kingdom) Added the following extra information on :2017-01-30 04:52:11
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Thao
Email Address:
   drthaovu@saildoctors.com
Got SMS from this person that says: "Hi, please get back to me on my personal email(drthaovu@saildoctors.com) to know if your room still available?"
There was no option on my phone to text back and the number wouldn't show up either, it just says "Thao" where the phone number usually is. Didn't want to follow someone's weird instructions so I googled the email address and looks like it's a scam.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2017-01-21 20:44:04
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   dr thao vu
Email Address:
   drthaovu@sailsdoctors.com
I received a sms from this scammer requesting to rent the room that I posted on Gumtree. He requested to only communicate through email replies. My instinct prompted me to check his number before replying.

Chan   (Singapore, Central Singapore Community Development Council, Singapore) Added the following extra information on :2017-01-21 20:14:36
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   drthaovu@sailsdoctors.com Hi,I will like to know if your room is still available,kindly email me to drthaovu@sailsdoctors.com i
Email Address:
   drthaovu@sailsdoctors
Hi,I will like to know if your room is still available,kindly email me to drthaovu@sailsdoctors.com i prefer email due to my work pls email only. Cheers Thao

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2017-01-09 00:34:07
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Thao
Email Address:
   drthaovu@sailsdoctors.com
Received an sms from this person, Hi,I will like to know if your room is still available,kindly email me to drthaovu@sailsdoctors.com i prefer email due to my work pls email only. Cheers Thao. And I respond by emailing him/her saying that the room is available. After that I was curious about the phone numbers +234 812 579 7024 which country it come from and check the website and find out it is a scam.

Hate Nigerians   (Singapore, Central Singapore Community Development Council, Singapore) Added the following extra information on :2016-11-24 15:30:36
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   drthaovu@sailsdoctors.com
Email Address:
   drthaovu@sailsdoctors.com
Posted on Gumtree and received an sms from +2348125797024 (Nigerian asshole scammer) =========== Hi,I will like to know if your room is still available,kindly email me to drthaovu@sailsdoctors.com i prefer email due to my work pls email only. Cheers Thao ===========

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2016-11-15 04:54:06
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Dr Thao Vu
Email Address:
   drthaovu@sailsdoctors.com
Same here - posted a room for rent a week ago and received a phone text message below. "Hi, I will like to know if your room is still available, kindly email me to drthaovu@sailsdoctors.com i prefer email due to my work pls email only. Cheers Thao"

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2016-10-25 02:04:05
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Dr thao vu
Email Address:
   drthaovu@sailsdoctors.com
I posted my room rental on the local web. Got sms that this person ( dr thao vu) was interested. Seem genuine, i replied. Somehow i a bit curious about the sails doctors. To my surprised, i found a lot of report that this person was a scammer! I disclosed my email n address, is there anyway to protect my email or even my address? Please help, thx.

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