Room for Rent and other rental scams
#138543 by Con Warner Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:35 pm
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From: Chris Chan - [email protected]
Sent: Thursday, December 06, 2012 11:11
To: Con Warner
Subject: Re: $500 AVAILABLE NOW. FURNISHED ONE BDRM (petaluma)



Thanks for your interest in my apartment. I am a retired professional piano/music theory teacher, I'm easy going and friendly and also God fearing. I like Music and have deep interests in travelling. I respect every religion and love to hang around with people and i am definitely not a trouble maker and very helpful in nature. I am currently living in Ocoee- Florida and I will be here for long that is why am renting out my apartment. The apartment is located at:
265 First Street Petaluma, CA 94952

This is a spacious 1 bedroom 1 Bathroom furnished apartment and is located in a very cool and lovely environment with five (5) appliances including dishwasher with in-suite laundry and plenty of storage space and parking space, professional and mature neighbors ensure peaceful living arrangements. Freshly painted and immaculately clean.
The rent per month is $500 monthly including utilities and $500 deposit.I would like you to tell me your renting experience and how you can take very good care of the apt.I was wondering maybe i can send you the application form for you to fill out so that we can discuss how to ship out the keys and the document to you.
Waiting to hear from you soon,

Regards
Chris


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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#141388 by Con Warner Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:13 am
His request for money currently uses the details below...
I have the keys and the documents ready for shipment. I will like you to go ahead and send the payment to my Secretary through Western Union below is the information

Name_Alan j Carlson
City_Ocoee
State_Florida
Zip-code_34761

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