Archive for category Craigslist
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!
Back before she got exposed, she was already selling used office wear claiming some made-up story about having worked in a law office etc etc (see pg 15 of the original Ziman Effect)
In Sept 2013, someone reported about being duped with a bag of worn out no brand clothes by someone using the same phone number 96420559 at River Valley area (too coincidental, right?)
The pair of red heels in one of the pictures in the listing is the same pair from here “The $15 Brand New Shoes”, which, as evident from the picture, is nowhere near ‘brand new’. Neither are they from Hush Puppies, don’t let the box fool you!
Same shoes from old listing (dated July 2012):
QUOTE “3 pairs with shoe box is brand new – hush puppies , Pazzion and Charles n Keith”. Those shoes were “brand new” in 2012, and still “brand new” in 2014. Also can transform some ulu shoe brand “BC” into “Hush Puppies”. Her special effects are better than Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson put together…
New year, new resolutions…same old shit (pardonnez mon français)
– Branded? ✔
– Bundle pricing? ✔
– “Excellent” condition? ✔
– From “states and Europe”? ✔
In addition to typos and bad grammar all around. sheesh. Connection here
Also from her:
Brand New Mammut Kids Bed – $300
Selling for $259, yet “bought last month at 329 sgd”
Back in Sept, someone left this comment on the blog
YL, I know that it was a few months ago but I would like to know if there was any closure? The MO sure sounds familiar..reply my email leh! Heeheehee…
Take care everyone 🙂 deal wisely and safely!
Another Gumtree account? Also listed on craigslist:
– Decorative candles (scraping bottom of barrel now, aren’t we?)
– Brand New 3 pieces set of Disney Pooh Romper: “Brand new in packaging good as a gift” BUT TAKES OUT FOR PHOTO TAKING. Still brand new or not like that??
– Brand New Disney Baby Minnie Cot Bumper Set: “Brand New, unused” is code for “Very old, in storage, used a few times, never washed”
– Brand New Cutie Toddler Rainboots / Boots – price nego !!: Same boots from the other account
SO MANY GUMTREE ACCOUNTS SO LITTLE TIME.
Sunday night, very boring, but you know how it is.
Some people have complimented me on my detective skills, but really, I’m just your average kaypoh makcik! Also, while on some days I can’t even remember where I placed my house keys, I can remember shoes that I saw more than SIX months ago. Isn’t it weird how your brain works? I guess some people just leave such an impression…
from 29 April 2012: Shoe-shopping
The now-infamous “identity crisis” blue prewalker shoes (circled above) are not there anymore, but I’m sure you can recognise a few others. Too much of a coincidence to be from a different seller, right? Right? *nods*
Also on gumtree: Branded Baby/ Toddler Girl Shoes – Clarks, Pediped, Disney Baby
And more from the Lei Ziman/Looi Picard/insert fake ang moh name here on gumtree:
– Diecast Aircraft Model Display
– Olympus Camera (5 MP?? What a joke…)
– Brand New Authentic Harley Davidson Baby Romper
– Brand New LifeRacer Thermal Suit (brand new? SURE OR NOT)
– Brand New Toddler Swimsuits
– Fujifilm Finepix A101 CIRCA 2001 (Source: Fujifilm FinePix A101 Review). BIGGEST JOKE OF THE YEAR – 7 MEGAPIX?? IT’S PRINTED CLEARLY ON THE BODY THAT IT’S 1.3 MP HELLO AUNTIE WAKE UP YOUR IDEA!!
More gumtree accounts. You can find these listings on craigslist as well:
Gumtree account 2
– Cute Toddler Winter Boots – From USA
– Ladies’ handbags ”
– Vtech walker: NOT EVEN FROM VTECH LOR
“Brand new. no defects
Not available in Singapore
Meant as a present but receiver already blessed with another Pushwalker
Box torn when taken out for photo taking. Probably can tape it back. Legs of the push walker can be removed / locked (in box not assembled yet )”
–> have heard that story before! Back during Melody-gate, a mummy bought an Avent warmer that was advertised as new, but when she picked it up it did not look new and Ziman claimed that her daughter had torn up the box. Blablabla…
Gumtree account 3
– GUESS, LV bags
– Brand New Philips National Ladies Epilator (not Philips, and is 2003 model. Don’t be deceived by the bubblewrap!)
– Taiyo Induction Cooker: Ziman listed one way back in Jan 2011 (Yes, moi has her original gumtree listings, and more!)
If you look REALLLLLLLY closely, you’ll see the pot that is supposedly included in the sale in 2011 listing as well. But you should also notice that the cooker does not look like the same model as ‘advertised’. Heck, if she can pass off a 1.3MP camera as 7 MP (which really only came out in 2004), one can only guess what “Brand New sealed in Box comes with unfilled warranty card inside” means. Clueless or conniving, calculative and/or shrewd? LIAR, more like it.
OK, now we sit and wait, OK? Have a great week ahead! I have a big scam update in the works but the mood not there yet.
Remember this toy?
Is it Lei Ziman’s, I don’t know. But what I do know is the poster
1) has reduced the price
2) changed the item description to mention that the blocks are included (maybe s/he reads the blog?)
3) listed the same item TWICE, using different photos. Why ah? Very weird, right?
Also being listed on Locanto
Same thing, same pic,
same different specs, DIFFERENT PRICE. WHAT IS THIS SORCERY??
And nothing irks me more than mailing sellers on CL and not getting a reply, and then re-listing it. Check spam folders, leh! Or is it because you have something to hide?
This afternoon I saw this listing for a quite new Bosch vacuum cleaner, which sold for $99.
Tonight, I spotted a listing for the exact same model, except listed as BRAND NEW, selling for $120.
Disclaimer: This is not a Lei Ziman listing! OK? Just so we’re clear..
“I am not selling NDP tickets,
I am selling an expensive Paper Clip and will throw in FREE NDP tickets for you;
Buy 1 paper clip for $300 and you will get 2xNDP Tickets Free
or Buy 2 paper clips for $500 and you will get 4xNDP Tickets Free”
HA HA HA!
I used to love going to National Day parades as a kid, it made me feel so special. Then I realised how much propaganda bullcrap they spew during the parade. The only thing worth looking forward to would be the fireworks. I guess whoever is willing to pay $300 for a pair of tickets really wants to go for one.