Room for Rent and other rental scams
#377127 by Michelle Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:50 am
From: Denise Bolade <[email protected]>

Hello,

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my apartment..I am the owner of the apartment you are making inquiry of.. Presently my apartment is still available (rent already includes utilities).More so, i am presently in United State for an international followers of the Christian faith taking place in United State, by Pastor Brian Mentzer of Riverdale Ministry church of God. I will like to let you know that i initially wanted to sell the apartment but my wife advice i rent it out to responsible people.

Please i want you to know that i spent a lot on my property that that i am renting out to you,So i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,Money is not the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when coming for check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my words.

I believe you have see how lovely it is if from only the pictures compare to the 100% comfort to be derived from it as an occupant. Please note that you will only be able to drive by the apartment for now but can’t have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the apartment to you. Reason because,I couldn't find someone trustworthy to drop the keys and the necessary documents with as my call down here was so sudden. I do hope you understand.

SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE
RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW

RENT APPLICATION FORM.

FIRST NAME:__________?
MIDDLE NAME:__________?
LAST NAME:__________?
DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
MARITAL STATUS:__________?
KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY________
PRESENT ADDRESS:_____________________
PROVINCE: _______________
STATE:______________
POSTAL CODE: ____________
HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?

IF THIS apartment IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?____________?
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
KIND OF PETS: _____________?
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK ______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?

Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you...Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into God's hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.


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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