Room for Rent and other rental scams
#387498 by Michelle Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:28 am
[email protected]
Good evening,

Thank you for your recent inquiry message sent to my daughter, Ella, showing your interest in our apartment (44m², ground floor) from Ahlbecker Str. 9, Prenzlauer Berg 10437, Berlin.

The rent of 470 € includes the water & WIFI bills.

The cost for electricity/heating is paid separately by yourself, according to your monthly consumption. The heating works with electricity, so there will be only one bill that may vary between 60-120€ (warm/cold months).

The security deposit is 1000 €.

Anmeldung/Wohnsitz is possible, as I am the landlord (this is not an Airbnb rental).

I am quite flexible with the move-in date (during the month of June) and I would prefer signing a long term contract, but I am open to suggestions.


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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