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#381491 by EricaH0618 Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:43 pm
I just wanted to share a scam I just experienced. I've been searching for an apartment in Guelph, Ontario and found one that was all too good to be true.

Here is one of the emails I was sent -

Dear <snipped - Tim>,

Pleased to meet you.

I am writing to introduce myself and to send you a current resume which I hope and trust you will take the opportunity to read.

As you will note from my resume I am a mature individual, work hard for my family, very sincere and respectable... I am currently 55 years old, married, doctor specialist in orthopedic and trauma surgery. I graduate King's College London, University of London and here I met my beautiful wife. Her name is Julie, together we have an adult son and 1-year-old twin beautiful granddaughters.
It had been my father’s dream to become a doctor. My father deserve all my thanks and gratitude for bestowing in me ethics which uphold a strong sense of service to others and a love of God and family. He was my hero and my best friend. I inherited this beautiful apartment from him when he passed away, after that it has been totally updated and renovated, it looks exactly like in the pictures.
I'm originally from Canada, we thought about moving there, we tried several times to transfer our jobs, but unfortunately the things didn't work the way we've expected. I like it there, but our life is here now, in London, (UK), so we decided to rent it and keep the apartment for our granddaughters.

This is the second time I tried to rent the apartment, I had a deal with somebody before who said he will rent it if I come there.. So I got a plane ticket, and guess what!?
When I arrived there, he didn't show up and after 2 days he give me a call and said that he is sorry but he can't rent it anymore, because he has no money... It was unfortunate that my past bitter experience of inviting people to come and view my apartment without any form of confirmation of their financial ability and not keeping up to time as at when scheduled, has brought about great loss to me.
Don't get me wrong and don't take it personally, but now I don't want to buy another plane ticket to come and fall for it once more... maybe you won't show up. I'm sick of tire-kickers, people who are just looking around and not serious about renting, so please, don't waste my time.. No offence!

We think you're the right person we're looking for, so if you are really interested in moving forward, I have the best solution to complete this rental very fast for both of us and you'll have the keys in less than 48 hours.


I couldn't respond earlier due to work.... I don't want you to think I was ignoring you, but the time difference doesn't help either... That said, (sometimes) please kindly expect a delay of a few hours in my response.

Here is a picture of us.

Sincerely and best regards.

Christopher & family


It's actually because of this forum that I determined this was a scam. A quick google of the jabber about being from Canada came up as a post in this forum from 2016.
Last edited by Tim Atem on Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:04 am, edited 1 time in total. Reason: Removed personal information and added quotes for clarity.

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