Room for Rent and other rental scams
#146699 by Michelle Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:31 am wrote:IP Address Quick Report
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City: Kharkov
Country of Origin: Ukraine
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From: [email protected]
To: Michelle Banks
Subject: RE: chambre
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:23:51 +0100


Thanks for the reply.

Yes my apartment is still available and it is a well furnished 1 bedroom apartment and it's located at 47,Rue De La Terrassiere, Ch-1207 Geneva which is in the city and very close to transport so you can easily commute around. there is a very attractive living room,dining,kitchen with Internet (wi-fi). there is also washing machine,dryer and the rent is 570CHF all bills inclusive and deposit of 650CHF is required which will be refund to you after your stay in the apartment.

I attach the photos of the apartment for you to know what it looks like.

Hope to read from you again soon.


From: [email protected]

Yes i can reserve the apartment for you but then we need to get the necessary arrangement done this way i can be rest assured that you have rent it.

So now that you are interested in renting the apartment and you'll like me to securely reserve it for you then you'll have to send me the following details..

1) Your full name and address 2) Your move in date and move out date 3) Any means of your identity (Passport or ID card).

I will be needing this details to prepare the lease contract as we need to legalize the rent by signing a contract after that you'll proceed with the payment of the deposit and the first month rent to confirm the reservation and an assurance towards the renting of the apartment. after that you'll have the rental payment receipt in return for the payment made which you'll have with the lease contract as a legal tenant and you can easily move in when you arrive.

I hope you understand this? so i will look forward to read from you again soon.


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.


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