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Anonymous
Singapore, Central Singapore Community Development Council, Singapore
2015-08-11 11:30:35
Rental Scam
Paypal (paypal.com)
+7 Gumtree Room Rent Scam   
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
Yuzhe Shao
Email Address:
mattyffoy22@gmail.com, mattyfoy23@gmail.com
I was abvertising room for rent in Gumtree Singapore, and I got sms from her that willing to contact back with e-mail. So I e-mailed her with details and she told me she is 26 years old Chinese lady that works in cruise ship as a doctor, wants to pay 3 months rental fee immediate. She gave me her passport picture and suggest me to use paypal as she wants safety in doing payment. After some more mails later, she wants me to pay her shipping fee instead by pay me extra charges with paypal. And I got a mail from paypal service team telling she did payed, but the truth is "EVEN THE MAIL FROM PAYPAL WAS FAKE MAIL MADE BY HERSELF".

The REAL paypal service team e-mail address:
service@paypal.com
The FAKE paypal service team e-mail address: paypalonlineservice@mynet.com

It was lucky that I googled at last, even I almost believed her.
Please beware of this scammer, I found she did this same thing to a room owner in Austrailia, then Singapore now? Nonsense...
I'll paste all the mails got from her, glad if these source can help others from the scammer.
Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2017-12-01 05:35:21
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
YUMENG LYU
Email Address:
yumenglyu76500@gm.com
She's SCAMMING people to make a payment threw PayPal the email isn't even from PayPal because I phoned them she says she will pay 6 months rent in advance she's using different email and she sends a passport photo with a reference letter

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2017-11-18 05:18:01
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
Lyu Yumeng
Email Address:
yumenglyu2004@gmail.com
Scam Website:
Same here, on Gumtree UK. Initially got a text from her boyfriend Peng asking for the room details to be sent to her email address. I googled her, she even has convincing looking facebook page and happy pics in google images. Really glad I saw these posts.

Scam Email
Hello, Many thanks for your response,let me introduce myself. I am Lyu Yumeng, 23 years nonsmoker Chinese lady coming to United Kingdom,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 as long 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 United Kingdom. I had attached a copy of my passport for you to have a picture of me. I will be waiting to read back from you. Cheers Yumeng

Tony   (Clemson, SC, United States) Added the following extra information on :2017-10-31 11:25:33
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
Zhang Xiaodan
Email Address:
infomarine9@gmail.com
Scam Website:
Thanks to all the informations from this website. I also got a very similar scam from a lady name Zhang Xiaodan with email infomarine9@gmail.com. She asked me for the paypal number and prepare to transfer 3 months rent. I already doubt it was scam as after contacting me, she cancelled her easyroomate account immediately. She didnt ask much about room and living condition but only focus on transfer her money to me, which is not so true Following is the introduction of her.
"Thanks for your response. My name is Zhang Xiaodan, I am 29 years old non smoker lady coming to Singapore from Australia. I am outgoing and friendly I takes pride of my home, I am clean/tidy and trustworthy person. I work with Northern Marine Management in Australia but got transfer to Singapore, am at sea at the moment and i have limited time to surf the internet and also phone calls is also strictly limited due to nature of my work. I will like to know the total cost covering my first three months rent together with bond. I will also like you to get back to me with the full house address so that i can forward it to my mover company in other to calculate the total cost of shipping my little stuffs to Singapore. If you have more pictures of the room i will love to have it. I will be looking forward to read back from you ASAP.. God Bless.
Cheers Zhang"
"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 will love to rent the room and I will be staying alone. I am arriving on 6th November and stay more than a year in Singapore so i will be paying for the first 3 month rent and deposit. I will be transferring the rent to you through PayPal and if you do not have one, kindly set up an account with them in less than 5 minutes on www.paypal.com. 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 to Singapore for my reservation. I will be signing all the lease and document on my arrival day and I have also attach my Picture to this email. I will be so happy to secure the room as soon as you get back to me with the PayPal details (paypal emaill address and name attached to it).
Awaiting your reply as soon as possible.
Cheers Zhang"

Marc   (Singapore, Central Singapore Community Development Council, Singapore) Added the following extra information on :2017-10-27 23:30:55
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
Maria Chen
Email Address:
cmariachen@gmail.com
same than described above i am renting a room and she said she was 25y old working on a cruise ship...and immediately asked my paypal info.. obviously a spam that has to be arrested and jailed ASAP: emailed received from her: "Hi Marc, Thanks for getting back to me again. I am a very neat and tidy person that respect humanity and this make it so easy for me to get along with whoever that comes my way in life. I'm Australian but will be coming to Singapore from my last place of employment in Phillipines. I'd be arriving on 5th November and would like to have it till November ending which makes it one month. I will be transferring the rent to you through PayPal and if you do not have one kindly set up an account with them 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 happy to secure the room as soon as you get back to me with the name and email attached to the paypal account. Hope to hear from you soon Thanks Maria"

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2017-10-23 10:22:06
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
Maria
Email Address:
cmariachen@gmail.com
Now she changed her name and age and job.. people pls beware..
Hi Pearly, Thanks for your response, let me introduce myself.. I'm Maria, 25 year single nonsmoker lady coming to Singapore. I work as chef on cruise ship at the moment and I have limited time to surf the internet and also phone call is also strictly limited due to the nature of my job, but I will still find a chance to call you.
However, I will like to know the total cost covering my first three months’ rent together with deposit so I could plan my budget. I will also like you to get back to me with some more picture and your postal code address for me to forward it to my mover to calculate the total cost of moving my stuff to Singapore. I had attached picture of myself for you to know me and I will be waiting to read back from you soon.
Thanks Maria

Anna   (Bessow, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland) Added the following extra information on :2017-10-10 12:24:11
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
Lyu Yumeng
Email Address:
lyuyumengg00@gmail.com
I received sms form Peng: Can you pls send the room details to my girlfriend's e-mail lyuyumengg00@gmail.com, only if it's still available. Cause she wants to rent it. There was no number of the phone, you can't reply by mobile, you can just write to this e-mail. She was writing only about creating account on Pay Pal, then I googled her. She sent me also picture of her passport.

Scam Email
Hello, Many thanks for your response,let me introduce myself. I am Lyu Yumeng, 23 years nonsmoker Chinese lady coming to Poland,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 six 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 Poland. I had attached a copy of my passport for you to have a picture of me. I will be waiting to read back from you. Cheers ------------------------------------------------- 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 20th of October and start working in Poland. 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 6 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 Poland. Cheers ----------------------------------------------------- Hello, Thank for your email but am just requesting for your paypal email address so as to transfer the rent deposit because am going to show my employer the proof of payment or payment receipt before i come over.they are responsible for the fee so i will be very happy if you can just send me this and am going to transfer the fund right away. Regards

John   (Glasgow, Glasgow City, United Kingdom) Added the following extra information on :2017-09-14 08:14:24
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
Yumeng Lyu
Email Address:
yumenglyu2004@gmail.com
Hi, I need a kind favor from you and i will be happy if you can sort it out for me. I was just about to pay when i received an email from my shipping company, my shipping agent says i will need to pay for the moving before they can ship my items, they charge me £326 for pick up and delivery and payment for pick up will be made to the corporate international headquarters in China.The payment will be made via western union money transfer. I will add £326 to my rent deposit making £1,496.00 GBP in total which you will kindly help me to send the excess £326 to their corporate headquarters in China, i will send the funds through PayPal and email you to let you know when i am done with the transfer. The money transfer to the shipping agent can be done by visiting any post office/outlet cos there is always western union agent there, i have also included £50 for the western union transfer charges. I would have done it myself but i can't for some circumstances regarding my work schedule, i will appreciate your kindness regarding this. You will get a payment notification from PayPal immediately i transfer the funds.
Regards Yumeng

Scam Email
I received an text enquiring about a room I have to let advertised on Gumtree Belfast. However the text didn't come through Gumtree. When I tried to ring the number it didn't work and it wouldn't allow me to reply back to it with a text. The text asked if I would correspond only by email as they worked on a cruise ship as a doctor and had limited time to check text messages. They asked me to request payment for 3 months rent up front through my PayPal account which I have done. They then emailed back to to say that they wanted me to pay for their shipping which they would add onto the price. I haven't done this and this is now why I am suspicious and looking into it.

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