Room for Rent and other rental scams
#25210 by Michelle Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:48 pm
From: pastor david < [email protected] >
Date: Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 8:40 AM
Subject: Re: Reply to your ad: Cambridge
To: Michelle


Thank you for having interest in my Flat. I am out of the country for my new job, i will be away for six to seven years, i want a clean and responsible tenant to take care of the flat...Lots of time wasters are on here looking for free flat , hope you are serious ? below is

the description of the flat and if that suit you get back to me.



Property descriptions

THE RENT IS : ( £500 pcm) Deposit of £300



TYPE:
2 bedroom Flat
Features: Flat, Floor #, Parking available,
No parking cost, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom
Neighbourhood: N/A Home amenities: Alarm system, Cable ready,Washer/Dryer,Dishwasher,Microwave,Storage.
House amenities: Furnished, Air conditioning, Private entrance, Private bath, Phone jack, TV, Cable jack, Closet..
Utilities include: electricity, gas, cable, phone, internet wiffi,air condition,wardrobe and so on.

I will also need you to get back to me with the below required details if it suits me :-

Maximum stay:.................
Flatmate Description:.................
Personal info:.........................
Address:..........................
Household info:.................
Age:....................
Smoker:...............
Pet:...................
Phone number.........................

I will be expecting to read back from you if you really have interest.
Hope to read back from you soon.
God Bless you


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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