Room for Rent and other rental scams
#143895 by Michelle Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:49 am
From: Steven N Larson <[email protected]>
To: Michelle Banks
Sent: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 8:06 AM
Subject: Re: $850 / 2br - Gorgeous three bedroom/three bath home (Mission Viejo CA )


Thanks for your email, I personally own the house, I want my property to be well taken good care of, and there are some rules and regulation in which I do give out to tenant who are willing and ready to rent my house so please don't disrespect my order But if you are still capable of renting my house the rules and regulation goes this way, You must keep my house clean including the surrounding, you must know the way in which you use the stove so as to avoid fire outbreak,you must not disturb the neighbors.I decided to rent out the property due to our transfer to (West Africa) on a Missionary Work by my church here,so we are renting it out since we need someone to take good care of the property on our absent. Don't be surprise if you find the home with another site and deference price, I have plan to rent it through Real estate before, but they are not serious simply because they have a lot of house to lease out And they added some money to the rent while there commission is not fair. Have this in mind you must know the kind of person that I'm nevertheless I am giving you this rules because of what corresponded between me and my last tenant. the keys and documents are with us here in (West Africa)... So I will need to ship them to you before you can occupy the house But you can drive by the house anytime to take a look at the area and surrounding, You can also peek through the windows if you don't mind.For now we are looking for 3,4 or 5 years lease or rather lets us know how long you wish to stay.

House Address : (21142 Foxtail, Mission Viejo CA 92692)


Number of Bedrooms:3
Number of baths:3
Pets are welcome!!!
Refundable security Deposit:$750

Attn : The rent are including the Utilities are intact such as Dishwasher,Dryer, Electric Stove, Fridge, Washer,Air Condition,Sewage,Trash,all included in the monthly rent,as i am in a governmental programmer that sponsors my utilities on monthly basis etc.

Please note that, we are a kind and honest family,that spent a lot on property that is available for rent, so in one accord,we are soliciting for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own.We want you to keep it tidy all the time so that we shall be glad to see it whenever we are around on a visit.

1) Full Name
2) Current Address
3) Contact Phone Number (Home & Cell)
4) Marital status?
5) How many people will be living in the house?
6) Do you have any pet?
7) Do you have a car?
8) Occupation?
9) When can you pay for your deposit to secure or move in?
10) How many years lease will you be signing?
11) Attached to us a picture of you and your family.

I'll be looking forward to hear from you with all this details for us to proceed with the rental process.
You can give me a call on my Cell Phone: +2348083056594

Hope to hear from you soon.
Steven N Larson

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 money (again via Western Union) 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.


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