Room for Rent and other rental scams
#377040 by Michelle Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:15 pm
From: Alan West <[email protected]>

Thanks for the reply and the information provided.Yes of course couple
is welcome and also your partner is welcome as well and willing to
make a perfect reservation for you. I and my lawyer have both agreed
to make a reservation for you so you don't need to be worried as long
as you have promise me that you will take proper good care of my flat
just the way it is.However, my lawyer asked me not to collect any
money from you as long as you have not sign a contract neither have i
taken you round my flat so he decided to make a confirmation of your
financial ability before we proceed with the reservation.

Henceforth, my lawyer and i have decided to carry out a simple test on
financial ability to pay for my rent before coming for viewing. I
would not ask you to send your bank statement. At least month rent
£510 and security deposit which is £600 which is refundable after your
1st week stay in my flat,would be required from you to transfer
through the Western union. You can make the transfer with your partner
or friend's name as a sender and your name as a receiver to an address
in Exeter and you can as well use my flat address.

Once you have done this, scan the receipt to me and if you do not have
scanner, you may write out the details on the receipt as i will send
it to my lawyer to verify if it's truly genuine and available in your
custody, after verification, then we can proceed for the reservation
and you can easily pick up the money at the nearest Western union when
you arrive to Exeter and also, i will refund back to you the cost of
transfer when we meet

Regards
Mr/Mrs West


This person asks for a deposit payment via Western Union, MoneyGram 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.

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