Room for Rent and other rental scams
#24361 by Michelle Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:48 am
From: Debra A Staub < [email protected] >
Date: Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 6:04 AM
Subject: Re: Home on Craigslist
To: Michelle

Hello,

I can see you are interested in renting the house I have pasted, I am currently in West Africa where I work as a volunteer with the GOODNESS AND MERCY MISSION, here is the site for more details about why I am here inAfrica.(http://gmmafrica.org). So I need a tenant to take care of it but since I am out of the state now, I have received some proposals regarding the rent because it is located in a very good area. It is located at 501 Forsyth Creek Ct, in the city of Apopka, FL 32712. I spent less time in the States so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the house.... However, the initial plan was to sale out the house. which I tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the price and it takes longer to sell i am telling you this incase if you find the house on another website. I left behind some Facilities and electronics which include the rent, and a DVD player, air conditioning, alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, a refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Access Also the keys to the House are right here with me, and the house documents. Which I can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also I will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue ,but your absolute maintenance of my House is most important thing so will want you to get back to me with the Application form below.


RENTAL APPLICATION


1)Your Full Name__________________________
2)Your Full Address & Phone Number_______________________
3)How old are you_______________________
4)Are you married_______________________
5)How many people will be living in the house_______________________
6)Do you have children_____Ages_____
7)Do you have a car_______________________
8 )Do you have a pet_____
8 )Occupation_______________________
9)Monthly income_______________________
10)When will you like to move in_______________________
11)How long will you like to rent the property______________________
12)Reason for relocating_______________________


One Mr Sammy-Lee called me in regards to the house, I told him that I can't give him the House for rent because he loves smoking, drinking and i don't want him to get drunked one day and damaged my property, so If you are still interested Note that the rent is going to be $800 Per month No extra fees. Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys of the house to you.


Thanks
Debra Astaub,,,


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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