I REFER to the report “House for rent scam busted” (The Star, Dec 3).
The police should be applauded for their success in clamping down on illegal agents who scam their
clients through the Internet. This involves real estate dealings that run into a huge amount of money.
However, I feel that the police should take more stringent measures in investigating websites and advertisements that are run by unlicenced real estate brokers.
We should be aware that there is a statutory body known as the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents that governs the real estate professionals such as valuers, property managers and estate agents.
It is illegal to sell or rent property on behalf of another person without a licence.
Advertisements about property rental or sale without the legal agent’s number should be taken in for questioning.
If a licensed real estate agent is involved in a scam, we can always refer him to the board that will take legal proceedings against him.
This will do a lot to safeguard our rights as property buyers and tenants.
In developed nations such as Australia, Singapore and Britain, advertisements involving real estate are strictly scrutinised by the public and police.
The public should also cooperate with the police to help deal with scams.
These measures will undoubtedly prevent more scams like this from happening in the future.
Remember, prevention is always better than cure.
THAM KUEN WEI