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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!
Chanced upon this thread on HWZ discussing an article about a former SQ stewardess who scammed $50k on branded goods.
Images with thanks to user cyberpolice on Hardwarezone forums.
Apparently this case was from 2013!
SCAMMER SERENE ZHAO AKA YUNIQUELY: using the nick ‘Candy Lin?
Not sure why suddenly appear in the papers? Any cares to help translate?
In case you’re wondering the significance…our dear Lei Ziman Looi Picard Mrs David Picard was also a former cabin crew with our Singapore flag carrier…
Branded bags scammer found on SMH forums:
Last known email address (still being used actively on other sites): firstname.lastname@example.org
POSB Savings acc no: POSB savings account 228-29019-0 (228 is POSB Raffles Quay)
Address: Choa Chu Kang?
If you are a victim, please file a police report and use this report number to consolidate: E/20140102/2087. If you have already made a report, update your IO accordingly. Usually the police will only take action when there is ‘critical mass’.
One of the (removed) listings on SMH:
Do not buy from email@example.com
“Active” listings (IDs associated with firstname.lastname@example.org: Sharon Chan/Sobacoke/cat051):
User ‘SobaCoke” from Hardwarezone BANNED (for spamming?) (but can read previous posts here) –> need to be logged in to view
Biodata on Kiasuparents:
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!
Did you miss me? Did ya? Did ya?? Sorry for the disappearing act…things have been insane around here, and nothing much to blog about. I know Lei Ziman is still happily selling on craigslist and gumtree, just wanna say to all prospective buyers to be careful~
Anyways, another ‘hot’ scammer saga hitting the intranets…don’t you just LOVE IT when the scammer plays the victim card? This guy’s drama even more twists and turns than a soap opera! Suicide, usual call-lawyer-to-sue, public humiliation, sister don’t want to go school, family disown, grandmother crying…..clearly some people have issues. Sheikh Ridhuan makes Ziman’s wannabe-expat-fake-lawyer spiel look amateurish!
Misueki did a lovely write-up here, go read! (GOT FAQ SOMEMORE, OK): The Sheikh Ridhuan Saga
An excerpt from his SMS-es (in case you’re wondering if you should read the post)
“Umm do I care? Go to my family and suffer d consequences, what goes around comes around! So what if I pay you back? Will it make my life any better? Report to police or small tribunal or even come to my house was a better option, unlike u I’m not going to ruin ur life. Here i’ll ruin mine n let’s see how happy n shiok u’ll feel. U know what shame is? Its not what i did its what you did, everyone has their problems and shouldn’t be selfish you bring a life back? Can i pay you back if you do this and i can’t get any clients or jobs outside? so i pay you back with my life, fair right?”
“…Any more post about it anywhere n i’ll make sure i sue every single penny u and ur family have, i’ll take even your house. I didn’t even ask for a public apology from u, ur heroism made my mother, grandma n sister cry, n my relatives r ashamed as well.”
Wah his “lawyer” must be very good.
Anyways, a shout-out to Cass, jia you! The only thing that scam victims like you and I and countless of others out there did wrong was to be too trusting and naive. And that’s not a crime. There is also nothing wrong with going public, esp after chances were given. In fact, you kinda owe it to everyone out there to raise awareness about this scumbag, lest other people get taken in by him. So, YOU GO, GIRL!
Received an email yesterday, regarding the Ng Meihui formula milk scam. According to the sender “Milk Refunds”:
“Please be informed that appropriate action including full refunds have already been made to all affected mothers last year and the case has also been investigated and concluded by the police. Hence, I would like to seek your help to remove the blog post as well as any other relevant threads.”
I guess since all the buyers have been refunded, case closed already, lah. Did Meihui really mean to cheat her buyers, or was it just an “honest mistake, let’s move on” kind of thing?
In any case, I will not remove the original post as this blog is meant to serve as a precaution to online buyers, but I will remove some details.
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.
Seriously. Either the police is not doing their job, or someone has balls of steel!
Both selling electronic goods such as iPhone 5, digital video camcorders and Android tablets. Namely, items that people would be very interested in.
Yet another scam on Singapore Motherhood Forums, this time over bulk purchase of milk formula. As of today, 24 mums have come forward, with more than 20 police reports made and the amount totalling to close to $21000!
Apparently quite a number of people have purchased FM from her and received their purchases safely from as far back as 2010, but it was only recently that she went MIA. It seems she got into some financial difficulties lately, trying to borrow money from her customers. However, some mums shared that her child attends an ‘atas’ CC and that she has a helper at home, so she do not appear to be financially tight. However, we know that appearances can be very deceiving..right?
Good luck to the mums, hope that the authorities find Meihui soon and take action against her! If you are also a victim, please fall in to the discussion thread on SMH and file your report!