Room for Rent and other rental scams
#411830 by Michelle Mon Jun 08, 2020 5:38 pm
Elina Thabitis <[email protected]>

Hello again,

As you have recently contacted my daughter Emma, I appreciate your interest in our apartment (39m², ground floor, backyard orientation) situated on Hermannstr. 48, Neukölln 12049, Berlin.

The rent of 450 € includes the water, TV licence & WIFI bills.

The costs for electricity & heating are paid separately by yourself, according to your monthly consumption. These 2 bills won't exceed 50-100 € per month altogether, therefore the final rent will be 550 € max. (during winter time).

The security deposit is 900 €.

Anmeldung/Wohnsitz is possible, as I am the owner (this is not airbnb).

I am flexible with the move-in date , and I would prefer signing a long term contract, but I am also open to your suggestions.

Cordially,
Elina


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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#412582 by Michelle Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:06 pm
Elina Thabitis <[email protected]> wrote:


If you're really interested and decided, you can secure the apartment from now on, and I will keep it available for you until we meet.

It is unfortunate that my past bitter experience of inviting people to come and view my apartment without any form of confirmation of their financial ability and not keeping up to time as at when scheduled, has brought great loss to me.

I'm sure you are an honest person so please don't understand me wrong but some tenants are not really decided or do not have the money to pay the rent and yet they disturb me to arrange a viewing with their friends.

My husband and I have decided to carry out a simple test on seriousness and financial ability before coming for viewing.

I want to be sure that when we'll meet in Berlin, there might be a chance that we'll do the renting papers, sign the renting contract, give you the keys and return to my home if you really like the flat conditions. I will not ask for money in advance before moving in, I don't need any deposit from you or pay me any money at all.

But as a warranty that you really can afford to rent my apartment, I require that you arrange a money transfer, on your name !

Because I used this system with my daughter when she lived in Berlin, here is what I propose:

A family member must send you, a Western Union transfer with the cost of the security deposit + first month's rent ( 900 € + 450 € = 1350 € ) sent to you, and on your name.

This transfer will be a warranty, so I can be sure that you will wait for me in Berlin when I will arrive.

Example of transfer:

sender’s name : family member's name


receiver’s name : Your Name
receiver’s address : Your Address

After the transfer is done, you will receive a receipt. You have to take a picture of it and send it to me attached through e-mail, as evidence. This proof will be enough for me to see that your interest in renting my apartment is real.

At my turn, I will book my flight ticket immediately and I will send you a copy of it. Then we can schedule our meeting in Berlin.

Therefore you will inspect the apartment and if you will want to keep it, we will go to a notary office and do all the needed paperwork. Then, we’ll go together to a bank branch that has a Western Union office and you will collect your money, and make a bank deposit in my personal account where I want to receive the monthly payment rent.

Please note that I will pay for the notary fees when signing the rental contract.

Thanks for your time and understanding,
Elina


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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