The story appears on

Page A4

November 2, 2009

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro

Police warn of rental scam

SONGJIANG District police have warned renters to check property ownership details after detaining a man for allegedly using fake identities to lease out five apartments.

Police said the suspect surnamed Mao had allegedly swindled five people over rentals in Minhang, Yangpu and Songjiang districts.

Mao had paid 500 yuan (US$73) for a month's rental on an undecorated apartment in Jiuting area, police said yesterday. As soon he got the key, he allegedly put the apartment up for rent on the Internet, claiming he was the owner.

The alleged victim surnamed Wang signed a three-year rental contract with Mao, paying 6,000 yuan for the first four months' rent, police said.

Wang insisted on signing the contract through a real estate company to guard against any scam, but Mao showed a forged identification card and fake property ownership certificate in the name of Li, police said.

The real estate company and Wang both believed Mao, because the real Li had listed the apartment for rent with several agencies and the information was easily found, police said.

Wang realized the lease was a sham when the real owner showed up.

Police said Wang could sue both Mao and the real estate company because they said Mao was not able to pay the money back.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend