Room for Rent and other rental scams
#25215 by Michelle Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:20 pm
From: "Brown Scott" < [email protected] >

To: Michelle

My name is Brown Scott the owner of 3 bedroom flat, I want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me, my Wife and Son to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the lucky Tenant that will rent it should take it as if it were its own.. So for now, We are here in West Africa (Nigeria) in our new house and we put all our worries off concerning the maintenance of the apartment,since We are not residing there for now.We
left 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 us, and the lease document. Which we will send to you after all necessary agreement has been accepted. Also We want you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue ,but your absolute maintenance of our apartment is most important thing so you have to get back to us with the Application form below


1) Full Name
2) 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 pet?
7) Do you have car?
8 ) Occupation?
9) When do you want to move in?
10 How long do you want to stay in my apartment?

One Mr John called me about the apartment,I told him that I can't give him the apartment because he loves smoking,drinking and don't want him to get drunked and damaged my property one day. So If you are still interested,

Note that the rent is going to be £570pcm Per month No extra fees. You can contact me at +2347084963549.
You can view the apartment at this address 3 soberton avenue, heath cardiff cf14 3nj. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys of the house to you.

Monday, 29 March, 2010
From: "Brown Scott" < [email protected] >

To: Michelle

Sorry for the late response,the rent is £570 pcm No extra fees,and also want you to know that all your info is okay by us(me and my wife),and you are now qualified to be our new tenant and we think it is right to give our house to you.. More over we can see your willingness in this rent, We shall be giving you our property for rent.I want you to know that the money is not what i am after but for you to please take very good care of our Property,
Reading through your mails I discovered that you would be a trustworthy person.I want you to stick on your words as a good responsible and trustworthy person that I can trust with all my hearts. so i promise to give the rent to you because there is a lot of inquiry on the rent and i know you will love the interior of the apartment when you move in. I want you to have it in mind that am sending the keys and the documents of the apartment to you via Dhl Next day Delivery before your move in date.

Here are the contents of the packages that will be delivered to you.
1) Entrance and the rooms Keys.
2)Permanent house form(Containing your reference details).
3)The house Document.
4)Receipt for Deposit.

I will take the keys and document to Dhl courier service office as soon as you are ready with the deposit, i will book for delivery of the packages to you, so kindly re-confirm your delivery address carefully, because it is so important.


Receiver's Name: Michelle
Your Delivery Address: 419 Rue De La Remarks

You can call me now my line is available +2347084963549.We want you to know that we will have our property documents sent to you based on trust and hope you will not disappoint us on this?,Please always make our property neat and tidy,because i worked very hard to get this property that am giving you for rent, and I don't want my property to be use anyhow in presence of my life..... hope you will help me treat my property like your own?. Let me know, Make a promise to me. May I ask you, Are you ready for deposit now? because i see from your application filled that you want to move in as soon as possible, Let me know in your next email, so that you can have the keys packages arrive as soon as possible for bonafide occupancy, so that you can make the payment at once, Hope to read back from you as soon as possible today.
My Regards,

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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