Room for Rent and other rental scams
#61743 by Con Warner Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:37 am
From: Ruth - [email protected]
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2011 11:11
To: Con Warner
Subject: Room Available

I just saw your advert on that you need a room. I'll like you to send a message to my private email so that i can tell and send you more details about the rooms i have up for rent and am sure you will like it. Hope to read from you again soon.

Reply to: [email protected]

From: Ruth Fitzgerald <[email protected]>
Subject: Room Available in Brisbane
To: Con Warner
Date: Tuesday, 9 August, 2011, 11:11

Thanks for your response. It's good to know your still waiting and
searching for the best apartment that will suit you. Am an easy going
person and would definitely love to have someone of that Prospect in
my apartment.. Every information that you need will be stated in the
most definite and explicit way which would enable you make your
choice. I have attached the pictures of my lovely home. It is a well
furnished suitable home. My flat is located at the center of Brisbane.
If it's modern living you require don't go past this town house. This
home offers 2 bedrooms and fantastic galley kitchen and open plan
modern dining/living. A fresh bathroom and two good sized bedrooms.
Close to restaurants. My Address is 16 Calm Waters Crescent
Macleay Island QLD 4184, and the break down of the rent is $150 Per Week
( $600.00 Per Month) Bond is $300.00 (The Bond is refundable on your move out date} Utilities
include Electricity, gas, cable, phone and internet. I am an Air
Hostess by profession. I anticipate to read from you soon again.

This person asks for a deposit payment via Western Union or MoneyGram with a promise that he will send the keys through a courier company.

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.

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.

From: Ruth Fitzgerald <[email protected]>
Subject: Room Available in Brisbane
To: Con Warner
Date: Wednesday, 10 August, 2011, 11:11

Thanks once again for your swift response. It is good to know that
you like my apartment.. Well it is in the city and no exta cost. Due to the
nature of my job it takes me around quite often and i am in London at
the moment of course on the job. The apartment is locked and i have the
keys deposited with the DHL office and it can be picked up with a reference
number or i can have it sent to you after i confirm payment. It is a
two bedroom apartment with seperate bathroom and toilet and i occupy the
other room whenever am around that means you will be sharing the apartment
with me. I can attached a copy of my passport for security reason. In the
meantime, I'll like you to send me the details below so that i can
prepare the lease document in your name as soon as possible, so that you can
proceed with your payment and the room will be fully reserved for you:
Full Name:
Moving Date:
Present Address:
Contact Number:
I'll be looking forward to read from you again soon.
Best Regards,

I got your contact details and i have attached your lease agreement document with this mail, all you need to do is sign it and have it scanned back to me. I can send you reference number to pick up the keys at the DHL's office or send the keys to your present address after i get your payment. Also let me know how much part payment you will like to make at first,as for me i will want you to pay me a month for a start and you can start your payment on a weekly basis then i will be in Australia.
You can now proceed with your payment to me here in London using Western Union Money Transfer using the information below.

NAME: Ruth fitzgerald

Once i confirm your payment, i will issue a receipt for payment in
your name . All you need do is provide me with the MTCN number and full senders name and you can move in immediately then,when i come, we can get to know each other better and make plans for payment of future rent.
I anticipate to read from you again.


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