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Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
2017-08-13 09:01:20
Rental Scam
Paypal (paypal.com)
A lady who wants to rent your apartment without viewing   
Li Xiaojie
Email Address:
Country of Scam:
Malaysia (MY)
I posted a room for rent in Malaysia on (www.ibilik.my) then this person send me the following email:
I am ready to rent your room listed on the site, so send me the address/foto and total cost directly to my email (devinegrace006@gmail.com).

I asked her to call or whatsapp me then she replied with a picture or her ID:
Thanks for getting back to me. I am Li XiaoJie, 35 years old, a simple, cool and non-smoker lady. I am willing to rent the unit. I am at sea at the moment as i am an employee at US Coast Guard Marine Inspection Detachment Singapore, but i was Born and brought up in Hebei, China. I will be living and working down there but due to the nature of my work, phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted. I only squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding this. I am ready to rent it asap, I will like you to kindly calculate the total cost covering my first 6 months’ rent together with deposit and I will be staying for 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 over there. I have attached my photo with this email for you to have a view of me. Looking forward to read back from you soon.

Then i send her the details about the room and she replied:
Thanks for the details. I would have loved to see and meet you in person also but Due to the nature of my work, i won't be able to come down until i have the accommodation settled and ready. 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 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 + deposit to my email address for me to transfer the money and if you have a PayPal account kindly get back to me with your PayPal email and PayPal name. 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 for verification before i leave here. Awaiting to read from you as soon as possible.
Kind regard.

After I created the PayPal account and send her the details she said:
Hello, I have received your payment request invoice and I will transfer the payment as soon as I get on a computer and I will send you an email when i'm done with the transfer. In the meantime, I will send the address to the shipping company to calculate the cost of moving my stuff down there.

Then I start thinking who would pay 6 months rental for a room without seeing it or even knowing me to transfer the money, I googled her company name and likely I found this website with scam stories similar to mine, then I email here(why do u want to stay in Malaysia while you are working in Singapore) she replied:
I have mentioned it in my first message that I will be working in Malaysia. I'm medical doctor on a cruise ship and my contract has finished, so this is my reason for coming to Malaysia. Hope it is clear to you now.

After that i closed my PayPal account then I received this email from her:
Hello, it seems you don't understand me and I don't think you get me right. Knowing you is not really mater because your name and your picture is here with me. I said my contract is finished, does it mean i'm coming there for the same work?. I can see that you have cancel the payment request and this means you do not want to accommodate me in your room. I sent you my id already to make you have a view of me. Anyway all is up to you.

I replied to her with a link of this website then she never replied again.
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