Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Beware Of Scammers

I have been in a hiatus mode for some weeks now! Gosh! Time flies and the other bloggers have been so active with juicy updates. What has happened to me? Some thought I went for winter vacation but unannounced? That's not me, I would announce to the world if I am packing my luggage to fly off somewhere. Actually, truth to be told, I have never been so busy at work in my whole life. My assistant had resigned and my world suddenly turned upside down with my silly boss asking me to rush out many proposals for him. His proposals would total over 500 pages of power point!! Yes!! Over 500 pages besides doing all my assistant's on going jobs. %#@&*#!!!


I have been so stressed inside and outside my office! Bonkers! 


My condo's tenant has just moved out after 4 years living in Malaysia. She came from Libya with her family to pursue to her Phd studies in our local university and they have been very good tenants so far. The husband is about 6 feet 5 inches tall and really looks exactly like Michael Jordan, the NBA celebrity. The husband painted my whole condo unit by himself before handling over the keys to me to receive his deposits and a pat on his back for his paint work which needed no tall ladders. That was enough to soothe my eyes when I saw some minors defects and damages left behind, besides all my disappearing curtains with his Houdini acts! Muahahaha




The rental & property market has slowed down recently due to the failing economy and over supply of condos and office blocks! So I decided to engage the hungry agents to help me but they are not aggressive enough so I decided to paste ads inside the 7-Eleven stores and online. This is my first time having to go this far as previously, we always had desperate tenants lining up to rent my unit as Taman Danau Desa is quite a convenient location with lots of amenities and excellent infrastructure. A friend advised me to post the ad online and I tried Mudah.Com for the first time. It was quite scary as I received text messages so quick. Too quick to believe there are predators lurking over the net.





At 3.00 am, someone was looking for a condo and I received this text. It was so nice and convincing!





 Without even viewing my unit, she offered to pay one year in advance and showed her passport right away. I am not a moron and my suspicious radar was on alert with careful replies.





Michael Batista texted me a few hours later and that's his lame reply. By the way Michael Batista is an actor in the West and why would he rent my shitty condo instead of around KLCC's vicinity? I quickly googled both the names of Henequelen and Michael which confirmed my suspicions that they are international con men who have sent similar template texts to many victims from Malaysia to Singapore and even Australia and USA! If you would bother to read the links below, that exposed their scams and lame tricks to lure naive victims. So beware and please be alert.

Case - Michael Batista Rental Scammer 1

Case 2 - Henequelen Ambikin Rental Scammer 2 

I replied them with nasty messages and stern warning in capital letters besides showing both the identical templates they had used? They just balked out quickly and went silent.

How do they cheat? They would say they would send money to you, the big deposits and many months rental via pay pal. Then they would text you later that their movers company had difficulties to receive their payment to shift their stuffs citing reasons for being in faraway ocean deep! "So, please help to pay my movers company in advance and I would wire the full deposit total together with the mover's fees to you in one lump sum!" They would give the gullible landlords the fake account number which goes directly into their own pockets. Later they would send you fake "proofs" that they have paid you via pay pal. When you have gone merry-go-rounds that you never received a cent and pay pal officer had confirmed there was no such transactions, the scammers would threaten to sue you if you don't return their money besides calling you a cheat landlord!! Whoa!! Such a silly drama could even deceive many naive victims around the globe.


My friends, please beware always and share with your loved ones this nonsense!




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26 comments:

  1. Thanks for the warning despite your heavy schedule and doing your assistant's work (You hired someone new as your assistant already?). Nowadays there are many scammers around. Can search for scammers and read about all the various method in Lowyat forum. I received a phone call from someone said to be from "Mahkamah Majistret Jitra" about "I tuned out so I don't know what the scammer said" but from googling "Mahkamah Majistret Jitra", I read all about the scams and some people even fell for it and paid the scammers lots of money. Very scary world now. Must always be on our guard.

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  2. thanks for sharing the info...It's quite scary when dealing with online biz, with your contact no. made available to these unknown scammers...

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  3. Very scary these days. The other day I got a call and a recorded voice said that I owe a certain bank RM3,000 and to press a number to speak to the officer. Immediately I hung up. Then another call said that I had a court saman. I also hung up. Crazy!

    How long had your assistant been with you? I hope you find a capable one soon. It is a headache dealing with employees especially the fresh young ones that are currently on the market.

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  4. I was wondering where is tm, so quiet recently. Hope you find a good assistant soon.

    Thanks for sharing, nowadays a lot of scammers due to the wide use of internet and social media. We must be careful if not kena cheated

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  5. There are many weird people in the world nowadays, i ever saw one tuition assignment where the reqirement that the tuition teacher must have long hair, i did not apply for this assignment, walau this person looking for teacher or girlfriend?

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  6. So many scammers nowadays!

    Lucky you're wise to their antics and warn them off!

    Thanks for sharing, Anay.

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  7. Scary berry! Thanks for the warning, TM! Scammers are getting sneakier and sneakier by the day.

    Hope you get a new assistant soon. Take care!

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  8. Repainted the whole unit before handing over! Wow. Good exchange for old curtains.

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  9. Good to hear from you again... and thanks for sharing this conman tricks..keep your post coming (inspite of your busyness at work)!

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  10. Good to hear from you again... and thanks for sharing this conman tricks..keep your post coming (inspite of your busyness at work)!

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  11. Oh dear.. thanks for sharing this.. wonder why they use the same name for every case... hmmm...

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  12. Nowadays, if I see weird numbers appearing in my handphone, I won't pick it...

    Hope you have found a suitable assistant...

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  13. Anything can happen nowadays. Scammers are clever and desperate.

    Hope you find a good tenant and your boss get a new adsistant soon.

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  14. Thanks for sharing this TM, but I believe there are still people being trapped in such scam :(

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  15. I really thought you flew to the North Pole for holidays and too busy feeding polar bears....

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  16. It's a scary world we live in. We have to be on our toes all the time. When something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

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  17. Smart move, Tan! I always make it a point to double & triple check these days to stay safe. Scary world!

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  18. Thanks for your sharing, Anay.

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  19. Luckily you post this. I just received similar email. Same name just different email with ds188475@gmail.com.

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  20. I got an email from this same name. I posted a add on Craigslist for a couch and they made up this huge story. It was very weird the person said their name was henkin henrqurlen or whatever. It weirded me out so I googled his name and found this site.


    The email said: Cheers for the prompt responses! please consider it sold and cancel every other appointment regarding it, I am buying it for my daughter who is getting married soon and also moving to a new house with her husband,I am read to pay your full asking price, I have read through the advert and I'm totally satisfied with it and I will be glad if you can get back to me with some pics if available, sadly I won't be able to come for the inspection and pick up due to my disabilities, I loss my hearing and being on a wheelchair but I have a courier agent that will help me to pick it up at your preferred location.Regarding the payment I can only pay via PayPal at the moment and I will be responsible for all the PayPal fee/charges on his transaction so kindly get back to me with the information below.
    Your PayPal e-Mail Address
    Full name:
    Firm Price:
    Telephone:

    Awaiting your reply soon...

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  21. My hiatus lagi longer than yours la. Nobody missed me. hahaha

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    1. 500 pages only meh? i thought 1000 pages? come come...i ask j help u do

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    2. "painted my whole condo unit by himself before handling over the keys" wah u dapat durian runtuh lo... so good tenant. Not like mine. Hand up key with here rosak there rosak and whole load of rubbish.

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    3. OMG! first time see this scam. Lucky the second message came in coz based on the 1st message it sound convincing enough especially with girl photo there. Anay so pandai go google and check

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    4. hahaha i guess you were not in the mood because of the 500pages of power point . If not , you would have toy with them and lead them round the mulberry bush. Hahaha

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