Room for Rent and other rental scams
#379317 by Michelle Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:51 am
From: Lena Dragan <[email protected]>


It is a pleasure to hear from you but it is a big sad that someone faster than you have already book my apartment not quiet long and she has book it for one year.

I can still help you out because i know it is very difficult to get an apartment this days. one of our co-worker has been transferred to abroad to work with our company and his apartment should be empty at the movement. it will be advisable if you can contact him to know if his apartment is still available for rent.

Name: Mark Balog

Private email: [email protected]

Kindly sent him a message via his email address to know if his apartment is available for rent and for more information about his apartment but his apartment is very clean and it is located in the city center as well.

Regards


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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#379318 by Michelle Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:53 am
From: Mark Balog <[email protected]>

Thanks for getting back to me with the signed contract, below is my bank details for the first month rent and security deposit, since you are sending it from your American bank, my conversion is 5,000 ILS = 1,334 USD

Bank: Santander UK plc
Account Name: Mark Balog
Bank Address: United Kingdom
IBAN: GB56ABBY09012933060448
BIC: ABBYGB2L

Kindly get back to me with the scan copy of the payment receipt by your bank..Immediately your payment is confirmed by me ..i will post the keys and email you the shipping code for you to know when the keys will be deliver to you..it is 1-2 days.

waiting to hear from you.

Regards
Mark


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.

#386714 by May Cohen Mon May 27, 2019 9:28 am
I received the exact same email... too good to be true
i even went to the address to check it out

From: Mark Balog <[email protected]>
Date: 27 May 2019 at 03:45:33 GMT-7
Subject: Re: SPACIOUS FLAT LUXURIOUS RESIDENCE

Thank you so much for your interest.Yes my Apartment is still very much available for rent and below are the information you need to know about my Apartment.

My Apartment is 2 bedroom flat, I am willing to rent out one bedroom with living room, kitchen, bathroom and toilet while the second bedroom will be for my stuff because am not around now.

Flat address: 25 Reading St, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District Israeli
Apartment Floor: It is on the on the first floor of the building
Rent Per month : 2000NIS and utilities is included in the rent amount per month
Security Deposit: 3000NIS which will be given back to you when moving out without any loss or damage of my property.
Registration: Yes
Minimum stay: 1 month(s)
Maximum stay: 1 yr with the option of extending the contract after 12 months
Moving in date: The apartment is currently available


Apartment Sizes:

Living room: 20'9 x 14'9 (6.3 x 4.5m)
Bedroom: 14'10 x 9'1 ( 4.5 x 2.8m)
Kitchen: 8'10 x 7'5 ( 2.7 x 2.3m)

Flat amenities are:

TV ,CD - DVD - Video, Radio, High-speed Internet with WiFi, Washing, Electric Kettle,Toaster, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Machine , Dryer, Heating, Iron and Ironing board, Gas cooker, Oven, Microwave e.t.c

My apartment is well furnished and fully decorated with a lot of house and kitchen equipment and it's located in a very nice and safe area in Tel Aviv

But presently am not available in Tel Aviv to show you around as am presently in United Kingdom now to work with my company and am here with my keys..All you need to do is to go straight to the address i sent you to take a look of the apartment from outside. But i want you to Understand that my apartment is presently locked and am here with the keys.That is the reason why i am sending you my apartment pictures just for you to have an idea of how the inside looks like.

Attached are some pictures of how my apartment Bedroom, living room, kitchen, toilet and bathroom looks like.That is the information you need to know about my apartment.If you are interested in renting my apartment Kindly get back to me.

My Line: +447405199728

Regards
Mark

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