Room for Rent and other rental scams
#400654 by Michelle Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:58 am
Michael P <[email protected]> wrote:
> Hello,
> Thank you for your interest in my apartment, it is still available. I
> will try to give you as many details as I can regarding the apartment
> in the following email.
> The full address of the apartment is 1205 Melville Square, Richmond,
> CA 94804. Everything is just like in the pictures, fully equipped with
> all the appliances you need, very clean and well kept. The apartment
> can be rented furnished or if you want you can use your furniture and
> deposit mine in the storage unit. I work as an civil engineer and the
> company I work for has developed projects all around the world. Now, I
> have received an very good offer from them to move to the United
> Kingdom department, offer that I have accepted.
> The apartment is vacant so you can move-in anytime you want, also my
> contract in UK is for the next 6 years, so for this period, I will not
> return 100%.
> The rent of 1000$/month is for the whole apartment and includes all
> the utilities: heat, water, electricity, parking, laundry in-suite,
> washer and dryer also included, cable and internet. You will have full
> access to all building amenities. Just in case repairs are needed
> there, I will cover the costs, so no worries. The price I'm asking is
> below the market because I want to find a responsible tenant to take
> good care of the place.
> I'm the owner of the apartment, it's already paid in full and there is
> no mortgage on it. You have everything you need near-by (public
> transportation, schools, groceries etc.). Also I love pets, so if you
> have any pets, I won't have any problem, pets are allowed. Honestly
> from point of view I'm sure that You'll love it for sure and rent it
> on spot.
> I would like to know how many people will live in the apartment and
> also which rental contract do you prefer to start with - 6 months or 1
> year with option of renewal?
> Please let me know if you are really interested in the place so we can
> discuss further.
> Thank you and look forward hearing from you!
> Michael
> PS: I attached you all the pictures that I have with the apartment (as
> you can see everything is in absolutely perfect condition).

From: Michael P <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: $1000 Stylish 1 Bedroom in Richmond


First of all, I think that you noticed the monthly rent price, which is below the market. The reason for this, is because I already left the US, I am now in the United Kingdom and I cannot show you the apartment in person.

The reason I haven't managed to rent the apartment before leaving for the United Kingdom is that someone said will rent the apartment and haven't managed to keep the promise. I waited for him, but unfortunately he was unable to get the money in time, so the transaction failed and I had to leave before I could rent it. Obviously, this experience has brought me huge inconveniences and left me with a bitter taste so I prefer to use a worldwide property management company.

Please note that all the keys are with me in the United Kingdom, because we are overseas, and because of this bitter experience we previously had, I will rent the apartment ONLY by using an International Third Party company called Wimdu (wimdu. com). Their website is main focused on short term rentals, but they also have a NEW service for long term rentals. I used this service last month when I rented my apartment in London, United Kingdom, and I can tell you that it was a great experience. Look at their website as reference, but please know that you will not find my apartment there, as I need to initiate the transaction before anything.

Wimdu is a very serious company, a global company with millions of customers (both landlords and renters), their revenue is over 100 million dollars/year. Their services are similar to the well known Airbnb, reason why they were named the best alternative for Airbnb. In my opinion they offer better services than Airbnb.

Using Wimdu involves three parties: me as owner, you as a potential tenant and Wimdu as a responsible third party authorized to handle this transaction. Wimdu will handle everything. Wimdu works the same way as the escrow account on which you place the deposit when you rent an apartment, except that instead of a bank, we use Wimdu. Of course, nobody can take that money until you will inspect the apartment and sign the lease agreement.

I understand that this is not a conventional way to rent a place, but please keep in mind that the "reward" for following with the Wimdu transaction is a lower monthly rent. Also I will pay for all the fees that Wimdu will request for using their services. Please note that the Wimdu services are necessary only until you will inspect the apartment and sign the lease agreement, after that you can deposit the monthly payments directly to my bank account, or we can set up a payment method that is suitable for both of us.

My phone number is +44 75 20642110 (UK phone number), please keep in mind that there is a big time difference between us, if I am not able to respond, I will do my best to call you back asap.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED IN THE PROCESS, so I can provide all the detailed steps of the transaction (I am sure that many of the questions you have now, will be answered after I will send you the steps). If you choose to continue, I will do my best to be as transparent as possible during the whole transaction.

Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!

PS: Sorry for the long emails, but I need to explain the situation as best as I can.

This Scammer will arrange to send you an Invoice or notification -- Make no mistake, the document will be fake !
If you are reading this because you have received such an invoice or notification, kindly forward it to the address in my signature line and I will report the details to the appropriate authorities.


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