Room for Rent and other rental scams
#144212 by Con Warner Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:52 pm
From: Eric Stewart [mailto:[email protected]]
To: Con Warner
Subject: Re: $300 / 4br - Spacious 2000 sq.ft. Loft in trendy TriBeCa/4 private (TriBeCa)

Hello ,

Thanks for contacting Eric Vacation Rentals. The vacation apartment/unit will be available from Apr 24th - May 1st.
The apartment will accommodate 4-10 people. Towels and linen are included with all other amenities.
There is 24/7 internet Wifi in the apartment. There is washer and dryer in the unit. There are subways and cheap transportation system in the neighborhood. there is airport pick-up.
Best rate Per night = $300
Price for length of stay = $2100 (7 Nights ) Security deposit = $300.
Deposit :60% of rent fees($1260) + Security deposit ($300) = $1560 Cleaning Fee: $100 (inclusive) Taxes added.
Reservation payment will be received through Bank Transfer.

Note: Security deposit will be refunded back to you when checking out.

You are to pay $1660 hold your dates (Apr 24th and leave May 1st)

Total balance on rent is $840 and will be paid on arrival

I hope to hear from you soon so that your dates can be booked.

Best Regards

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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