I would just like to share what I've experienced so far. Saw this ad in st701.com for an apartment for rent for just S$1200 (inclusive of PUB) in the city area, Victoria Street, which I believe is surrounded mostly by business shops. A bit suspicious, then I've been reading the posts here and did a little bit of research. I haven't made any transactions because she keeps refusing to avoid the apartment viewing. Just to warn those who have seen the post from st701.com. Here's the exchange of emails from this person named GONZALEZ CASTANON ELENA which I think is a scammer. I would like to get your views on the email below:
From: Gonzalez Castanon Elena <[email protected]
Sent: Monday, April 2, 2012 6:38 PM
Subject: Urgent Apartment for Rent No Agent!
My name is Gonzalez Castanon Elena. I'm looking for someone to live in my apartment, as soon as possible, because my company has won an auction for a big construction project in Spain. I'm a project manger in civil engineering, so my accommodation period here will be very large (more than 7 years ). I would like to know a little something about you, like how many persons do you intend to live in my apartment, for what period, etc. I will tell you from the beginning that I don't have a problem if you are a student and I don't have a problem with pets (I own a little dog myself). Now I am going to tell you something about the apartment and myself so we can get to know each other. The apartment is exactly like in the pictures, and available from 2 months to 10 years. Also, very important, the utilities are INCLUDED in the price of SG$ 1200 /month. About myself, I am 51 years old and as I told you I am a project manager and my job even if it pais very well, requires that I move a lot and without notice. I bought this apartment while I was working on a 4 year contract in Singapore. You can move in the apartment in the same day you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m already in Madrid because we started the work, but you don't need to worry because I have made all arrangements to rent the apartment from here. Thank you for your interest and looking forward to a future colaboration and friendship.
On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 wrote:
Thanks for your response. I am currently working here in Singapore as an IT Consultant. I've been here for almost 3 years. I am looking for an apartment together with my 3 other well-known friends who are also working here in Singapore. I would just like to know a few more details about the apartment, like where is it located and is it available for viewing? Also, how will the terms of payment be?
Hoping for your response. Thank you.
On 2 Apr, 2012, at 22:36, Gonzalez Castanon Elena <[email protected]
The apartment is located on Victoria Street, Singapore.
The apartment is ready for you, you will need only to receive the keys and the contract to check it, and see if you like it. Obviously we need a way to complete this deal, that will allow us to make sure we receive what we are after you can also share that apartament with a freind or family. In order of that I have found a way for us to complete the deal safely and fast, and in this way you will receive the Keys in less than 2 days, if you move fast as well. The solution is provided by a rent agency which will handle both payment and delivery of the Keys.
Let me know if you are interested please because I really need to take care of this matter by the end of the next week!
On Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 5:57 AM, wrote:
Would it be fine if we view the place first before moving on? If so, how will we be able to view it and to whom are we going to arrange with?
I will need to inform you the steps about how this service works and how we can make it happen. You will only have to deposit to I.T.N Real Estate Company 2 months of rent and 1 of deposit, so they can proceed with the shipping, and you can receive the keys and the contract. Like I said, I will pay for a 2 days delivery so you will receive the Keys and the contract signed by me right away.
I will explain to you step by step how this will work:
1 - To start this transaction I will need to know your full shipping name and address to proceed with this deal.
2 - I go to the I.T.N Real Estate Company Office and leave the Keys and the contract in your name as the intended receiver.
3 - I.T.N Real Estate Company will check the envelope to see if everything is OK with it and also the legal papers that will come along with the Keys.
4 - I.T.N Real Estate Company will send you a delivery notification to let you know they have the Keys and the papers in their custody.
5 - At this point you will have to go and make a money transfer deposit on the I.T.N Real Estate Company agent name assigned with this transaction.
6 - After you make the deposit you will have to send the infos about the money deposit to I.T.N Real Estate Company .
7 - I.T.N Real Estate Company will verify the payment information and if everything is ok they will deliver the Keys and the contract to you.
8 - After you receive the package, the I.T.N Real Estate Company will go with you and check the apartment and in 2 days you must contact them and tell them if you keep the apartment or not, if everything is in order you will instruct I.T.N Real Estate Company to release the funds to me. If you don't like the apartment, they will send your money back and you will send them the keys and the contract to return the package back to me on my expense. Now I must know for sure if you agree because here are a lot of peoples interested to have this apartment rented and I want to know for sure what I must tell them. If you agree what i suggested i will tell them that my apartment is already rented and i will keep it for you. If you agree then I must have all the shipping details so I will be able to make all the arrangements for the I.T.N Real Estate Company delivery.
Thanks and wait news from you!