Room for Rent and other rental scams
#318503 by Michelle Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:42 am
From: Boakes Sandra Anne <[email protected]>

Thanks for your reply. As regards to your request via text we can proceed with the viewing in as much you ate willing to follow the laid down procedure. However, the flat is available and i am renting the property out because i have just moved outside Lytham to start a new job in Coventry where in currently work and live and it is 5 years contract. I would need to take a day off in order to come down to Lytham and schedule viewing with you.

Some prospective tenants do not have the money to pay the rent nor the deposit, yet they disturb the landlord for viewing or arrange
viewing with their friend but some do not meet up with the appointments.

Nevertheless, you would need to pay a holding deposit of £700 in order to secure the flat. The holding deposit would be credited for the refundable security deposit once you are willing to proceed with the rent after viewing but before that, my solicitor would need some information from you to draft an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement which you will print, sign and email back to me the sign copy.

Your full name:
Current address:
Confirmed move in date:
Move out date:
Mobile number:

Please get back to me with these information so that i can tell you how to proceed and please, let me know if you have other options
because i wouldn't want to schedule viewing with you and get disappointed at the end of the day.

Mr/Mrs Boakes

From: Boakes Sandra Anne <[email protected]>

Thanks for your reply. The flat is still available for rent which is located at Preston Road, Lytham St Annes Fy8 5Ay, Lancashire. I took the pictures some days ago and you can stay in my flat as long as you pay your rent at when due.

Here are the necessary things you need to know about the rent and deposit.
Rent per month is £ 750 { Electricity, gas, water, Iron, Wireless internet, Washing machine, TV Licence, council tax, and waste disposal }
Security deposit of £700 {it's refundable after end of your stay in my flat.}

However, i need to know some details about you. Can you keep my flat clean and tidy? Do you have character reference? The flat is new and all the facilities present are all new so i am looking for a responsible and clean tenant.

I am reliable and open. If anything went wrong in the flat, i will make sure the problem is quickly rectified. I have been disappointed lately with unserious interested candidate when it comes to viewing or reservation so i would appreciate your sincere reply.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Mr/Mrs Boakes

This person asks for a deposit payment via Western Union, MoneyGram, pre-paid credit card or bank transfer with a promise that you can have the keys to a property that does not belong to him.

Sounds safe. It's not!

At other times, he will ask for proof that you are able to pay the deposit and rent due to a string of time wasters.
This proof is in the form of a Western Union or MoneyGram payment to a lawyer,a friend or family member.

In either case, if payment is made and you give this person the details, they will collect the money.
You will not hear from them again.

All the details such as names, addresses, pictures etc. that the scammer uses in order to back up his story, are stolen from elsewhere.

If you are reading this because you are looking for property to rent, and you are in contact with this thief you are probably searching Craigslist, Gumtree or similar listing sites. If you receive any requests from 'Landlords' asking for some kind of payment before viewing, then it will also be a scam. Please forward the mail to me at the address in my signature line and I will investigate and list them if necessary.


#319357 by paula84 Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:45 pm
#320610 by Uqash86 Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:49 pm
Same situation:
e-mail: [email protected]
phone no: 07451230584 / +447451230584

Flat to rent exactly the same description.

I wanted to add foe more details:

She asked me to transfer deposit on her solicitator's account:

Here is my solicitor's Bank Account:

Account Name: T Gaze
Sort Code: 20-2519
Account number: 53026361
Bank Name: Barclays Bank

Noted MW

And she sent me her fake Certificate of Ownership in .pdf file:


Be awere of that person !
I haven't lost any money but it was pretty close!

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