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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!
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.
So I had a pretty busy week at work, and was moping around at home on Saturday when I got an email. Someone had posted this comment on the blog:
Warning Gumtree users!
I just got scammed by this woman today on Gumtree living on River Valley close, block 24.
She sold me a Fisher price learning home in “mint” condition for 150 sgd.
She said it was bought 3 month ago and in original condition with all items working and included.
As the meeting was rushed I didn’t inspect the item in detail but asked her in good faith if all items were there.
She looked like such a nice lady and thinking that “this is Singapore” I got blue eyed and expected not to be conned.
After getting the item home I and looking at it properly discovered it was not at all what she had stated.
1. It was an old model that was sold years ago.
2. It had none of the accessories (keys balls blocks)
3. A whole section on the side where balls should go in was missing.
I’d say the item might be worth $50 tops.
She also tried to sell me her daughters old rags. Luckily a quick glance stopped me from buying those.
I was asking for a refund and she as expected refused.
It sounded all too familiar, and when the poster revealed that she had found the blog when she googled the phone number (96420559), well, that’s when I knew, alright.
Apparently L had seen a listing for a Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Home on Gumtree, and she had been searching for one after hearing rave reviews about it from her mummy friends. The toy had been advertised as being “in excellent condition”, looking “almost brand new” and purchased from the States for “more than double the price”.
L left her HP number via the website and received a call from 96420559 almost immediately. On 14 Jan, L went to Pacific Mansions to collect the toy, husband and baby in tow. (For those who are wondering about the different block number, Block 24 is right next to Block 32). As they did not have a car, they took a cab there. L, not wanting to keep the cab waiting, was in a rush and did not take the toy out from the bag to scrutinise it. She said the seller (Ziman) looked like a such a nice lady, and this being Singapore (L and family are not local), she did not expect to be conned.
It was only when L took the toy home did she realise, to her shock, that the toy was not even complete. It was missing the blocks, pretend mail, key, doorknob and balls, and even missing a whole entire section (the purple rainspout).
She quickly called Ziman to clarify, and it was only after many missed calls did she finally get a response (Ziman gave the excuse that she had gone swimming). L asked how much Ziman had paid for the toy in US, and Ziman said she paid over S$300 for it, and when L pointed out that the toy retails on the Fisher Price website for only US$90/S$115, she said that the website is ‘misleading’. The highest price I could find for it online was on Amazon.com, where it retails for US$115/S$148.
This was what L received:
What the complete toy looks like (photo from here). Note that the yellow doorknob and the rainspout (purple tube) is not there.
More photos from L of what Lei Ziman considers as ‘excellent’ condition:
When questioned further about the missing parts, Ziman insisted that there was none, then later changed her story to claim that her “stupid husband” must have accidentally thrown them away when they put the toy together. Yes, she expects you to believe that.
L told Ziman that there was no way the toy was worth $150, and asked for a PARTIAL REFUND, to which Ziman said that she had stated in her ad “NO REFUNDS”. Of course, as we can clearly see above, there was no such mention. L was disgusted at how Ziman was able to lie, without hesitation, when grilled about the toy.
During my conversation with L, she kept admitting that yes, she was at fault for not checking the toy when she got it, but being too trusting is not criminal. False advertising and misrepresentation of goods however, is cheating. L was led to believe that the toy she was getting was as good as new, but got a dud instead. It did not even look remotely new, with many signs of wear and tear. As for the missing parts, we’re not talking about one or two parts BUT THE ENTIRE SET OF ACCESSORIES (total 14 pcs) that come with it AND A WHOLE SECTION OF THE TOY.
L went to speak to a police officer that evening, and at first he did not seem very interested in the case, but when L mentioned that Ziman had been implicated in other cheating cases and that it’s all online, he showed a bit more interest and adviced her to file a report. L did make several more attempts to get her money back, but as expected, Lei Ziman did her “I’m going to call a lawyer” schtick and proceeded to ignore L.
Claiming that you have a no-refund policy does not mean that it’s OK for you sell crappy stuff that you passed off as being in excellent/mint/as good as new condition! Since I had Lei Ziman’s full residential address, I forwarded that to L, so that she can use it in her police report.
These are the other listings from Lei Ziman on Gumtree from the same account the Laugh and Learn Home was listed with, going by the name Julia Setoh firstname.lastname@example.org. Gumtree appears to be her favourite hang-out now.
I believe these listings are from her, too:
Taiyo Induction Cooker: this has been on sale for the LONGEST TIME, for almost over a year now.
AVENT thermal bag (both in red AND black, waaahhh)
and many other popular baby stuff, like brand name toys and push walker
I get really sick to my stomach thinking of which next person is going to fall for her wily ways next. So please, please help to get the word out!