Room for Rent and other rental scams
#399452 by jetameribrit Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:59 am
I got the same story from a Brenda Culpepper. Thread was on Whatsapp instead of email but I did also find an email from her with the address [email protected].

Thought the deal on Christian Flatshare looked too good to be true so I was paying attention for anything fishy. Sure enough, when I asked to arrange a viewing she messaged me with the below:

"I am renting it out because i was transferred Croydon at my place of work, i am not after the rent but someone that could take good care of all the facilities present. I currently work and live in Portishead. Regarding to your question,It is one bedroom property its possible for them to come for the viewing. However, i can make a perfect reservation for you as i am giving you 100% guarantee as the Flat is still available. I would need to take a day off in order to come down to Croydon and schedule for the viewing. Yet some prospective tenants do not have the money to pay the rent and they disturb the landlord to arrange a viewing, so i wouldn't like such to happen again.
More so, i have 2 other interested candidates that just provided their details for the tenancy agreement and also willing to make an advance deposit to secure the House but i declined because they have a big family with children, 3 cats and dogs.
Nevertheless, i will appreciate if you would be able to get the security deposit transferred now via online banking or locate the bank. Upon verification of payment, we proceed immediately with the viewing. We can proceed with the viewing at your parent convenient time. Your funds will be protected and monitor by the http://www.depositprotection.com.
Please let me know if you are willing to proceed with the payment so that i can provide to you the bank account details. You will pay the rent after the viewing and note that making a deposit doesn't mean you must rent my Flat after the viewing, if you decide not to proceed with the rent, then i will refund the deposit immediately without any deduction
Thanks"

That raised big red flags so I said I wasn't comfortable paying the deposit before viewing. Sure enough, she never replied!

Anyone know how we can report these to Christian Flatshare? None of the [email protected] email addresses or feedback links within the website seem to work!
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