It was a slow start to the week, when I received an email from SW. Here is her story: SW responded to a listing for new Pediped shoes on craigslist. In the listing, the seller, ‘Sophie’ offered FREE courier delivery. So SW transferred $45 to ‘Sophie’s POSB account 207-13366-3. The listing on craigslist that SW responded to.
Two weeks later, and SW has not received her package. In the meantime, ‘Sophie’ was not replying to her mails. When she finally did, ‘Sophie’ claimed she had been unable to check her email (‘coz apparently Europe no internet) and that she called the post office to check but since it was sent via normal post, they were unable to track it. She said that her HUSBAND did not write a return address and that the package may be lost due to incorrect address.
As you can imagine, SW was incensed! How can the seller be so irresponsible? She was promised courier delivery! If she had known that ‘Sophie’ was going to use Singpost, she would have at least insisted on registered mail! Since it looks highly unlikely that SW would receive her shoes, she requested for a refund. ‘Sophie’s’ reply was:
‘Sophie’ claimed that Ta-Q-Bin was not able to pick up the package from her husband on time, (SW: “She don’t have hands and legs ah?”) so he used Singpost instead. The post office did not ask for her husband to use registered post, and that they did not put a return address. I don’t know about you guys, but when I send packages at the post office, the staff will always ask if you want to send through registered mail, and most of the time will tell you to write a return address on your package. Yes, OK, Singpost has a shoddy track record when it comes to lost mail but they got cover their backside, OK? Also, you can drop off Ta-Q-Bin packages at 7-11. OPEN 24-7…hellloooooooo So SW insisted on her refund, and her emails went unanswered thereafter, even after threatening legal action. Angry, SW posted on craigslist about her encounter, and received some responses:
‘Sophie’ should be very flattered that someone commented that she “sounds educated”.
Later, SW chanced upon a very similar listing for the Pediped shoes on Gumtree. SW posed as an interested buyer for one of the other items, a wind surfing harness.
This listing for Pediped shoes on Gumtree was similar to the one that SW had responded to on craigslist. FREE DELIVERY / COURIER / REGISTERED MAIL LEH
SW offered $150 for the harness. ‘Lindy’ replied and said that they would only be back from Europe late June. (Read messages from bottom up)
When ‘Lindy’ returned from her trip, she tried to contact SW through Gumtree and SMSes to close the deal ASAP.
Can you sense the desperation? Can see the dollar signs in her eyes, liao.
‘Other keen buyers’. The MO very familiar, hor.
96420559? 96420559? Eh, that number very familiar, right?? RIGHT? *dun dun duuuuunnn* Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we now have confirmation that ‘Lindy’ is likely to be Lei Ziman / Looi Picard! So, who’s ‘Sophie’? Since both ‘Lindy’ and ‘Sophie’ had the same listing for the Pediped shoes, we can assume that Sophie = Lindy. And Lindy’s handphone number is 96420559, so Sophie = Lindy = Looi Picard = Lei Ziman (actually the equation can be expanded to include Anna. C, Melody Lei, Lee Ann Edwards….and sooooo many more! ). To double confirm, one of the responses that SW received when she posted her encounter on craigslist was from another mummy, mt, who purchased an incomplete Fisher Price ball drop toy for $55 from the same seller (same bank account number POSB Savings 207-13366-3). The address was also 100 Robertson Quay and the number given to her was 96420559 and 90163105. This mummy actually left a comment on the blog back in June. In addition, 100 Robertson Quay is just down the road (6 minutes walk) from 32 Pacific Mansions.
Aiyoh, everytime also change name. HOW TO KEEP TRACK LIDDAT.
When SW didn’t reply to the messages, ‘Lindy’ sent one more message 4 days later:
“Hi my friend just passed me a brand new piece of windsurfing harness size small today” —> OH RLY
$150 leh! LEH!! Of course won’t let go so easily, right?
Once SW confirmed that ‘Sophie’/’Lindy’ is Lei Ziman, she lodged a police report. She also sent Lei Ziman an email, telling her that she knows who she is and that she’s made a report. The Gumtree listings were removed shortly after.
Total scam hoot = 45 + 55 + 80 + 35 = $215
Other items ‘Lindy’ / ‘Sophie’ had for sale on Gumtree. Brand new? With Packaging? But yet ‘good clean condition’. If brand new, must be brand new condition, rigghhhttt???
Two police reports have since been lodged, one by SW (D/20140705/2074) and another by mt G/20140306/2159. Well, these are the only two that I know about, anyways 🙂
But seriously guys, it’s been 3 1/2 years since Lei Ziman was ‘exposed’ as a scammer, and it doesn’t look like she’s going to stop scamming anytime soon. Both SW and mt have made police reports against her, but the best recourse is still awareness that Lei Ziman / Looi Picard is still active. So please share this post, let’s get the word around especially to family and friends who frequently purchase items on craigslist and Gumtree. Don’t let this opportunist scumbag scammer prey on more unsuspecting victims and cheat them out of their hard-earned money!