Room for Rent and other rental scams
#140460 by Michelle Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:06 am
From: "PAUL HART" <[email protected]>
Date: December 17, 2012 10:28:24 PM GMT+00:00
To: Michelle Banks
Subject: Re: Flat in clerkenwell

Thanks for the interest you have in my flat. My flat is still available for rent and you can move in as soon as possible as you like,here are the necessary things you need to know about the rent and deposit.

Type of property : Fully furnished Private one bedroom self contained flat(Livingroom,double bedroom,bathroom and kitchen)
Rent : £200.00 pwk(£800 per month)All bills inclusive...
Minimum Stay : 2 weeks
Maximum Stay : For as long as you may like..
Type of lease : Both short and long term
Security Deposit: £ 800.00 (Refundable at the end of tenancy)
Utility bills inclusive ( water, gas,electricity,council tax, TV license and wireless Internet)
Utility Cost : £ 0.00 pcm
All bills included: its fully furnished, bath/wc phone.
Fully-equipped kitchen
Vaulted ceilings
Washer/dryer in unit
Central Heating & Double Glazed
Broadband internet connection in each room
Air conditioning
Fireplace/select units
modern English furniture
Car Park
pets allowed
Dss allowed

Available for singles or couples.
viewing can be arranged asap..

Get back to me if you are satisfied and your present location.


The thief will tell you that you can rent his accommodation only if you can prove that you have genuine interest. He will ask you send money by wire transfer (normally Western Union) to yourself or a member of the family to show that you have sufficient finances and that you are not a "time waster".

Another variation of this scam is that you need to send (by Western Union) money in order that the keys and other documents can be couriered to you

He will ask you to send him the transfer details.

Make no mistake ! Western Union Transfers can be picked up virtually anywhere in the world and with the minimum of identification. They are almost impossible to trace once the money has been collected. You will never get to see the accommodation or your money 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 Gumtree or similar listing sites. If you receive any requests from 'Landlords' asking for some kind of payment by Western Union 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.


#140691 by Michelle Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:50 am
From: PAUL HART <[email protected]>
Date: 2012/12/18
Subject: Re: Flat
To: Michelle Banks

Yes you can kindly call me on +447031843889 or +447031844671.And yes the deposit has to be sent in order to reserved the flat for you.If you are interested in that,i will forward you a signed contract letter from me,which you will print and bring along with you on your arrival to my solicitor will need some information from you to draft a contract which you will print and bring along with you on your arrival date to my flat.

Your full name:
Present address:
Confirmed move in date:

Kindly get back to me with these information so that i can tell you how to proceed with the reservation deposit.



#142205 by grahamd Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:28 pm
Paul Hart is now operating as [email protected] - exactly the same messages and attempting the Western Union scam where he will pick up the money - we found him operating on Gumtree advertising a too good to be true flat on Hyde Park in London
#142751 by iambender Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:26 am
He's advertising now also flat for rent in Bristol on Gumtree. Again all emails are from <[email protected]> with exactly the same text..

just as I can see there is one new phone number than in previous emails:
Kindly reply or feel free to call me if you have questions to ask. +447031890570,+447031843889 or +447031844671.

Good luck :)

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